Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 27, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 1:1-4
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
John 20:1a and 2-8
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"They rolled away the stone. . ."
With what great wisdom does the Church unite the feast of the apostle whom Jesus loved and Christmas! In the great glory of the Incarnation, as we celebrate the days between Christmas and Epiphany, we are reminded of that other great event—the Resurrection.
The Incarnation is one of the bookends of the Life of a Christian. Without the Incarnation there is no possibility of Easter. The birth of Jesus makes possible the salvation of humankind; the death and resurrection of Jesus realizes that possibility.
When they rolled away the stone and there was no body to be found, Mary Magdalene and others discovered our salvation. As we adore the Child in the manager, as we meditate upon the nativity, it is good to remember that this is the first step. God condescended to become Man, and we chose to repay Him by nailing Him to the cross.
The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are essential mysteries of our salvation. They are all united in this great cycle of love and beauty that God ordained and that we celebrate. How good it is to remember all of these events as the Angels and all humankind look upon the new-born babe, remembering His great work even in His birth.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Saint John, apostle and evangelist
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