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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 28, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 1:5--2:2
Psalm 124:2-3, 4-5, 7cd-8
Matthew 2:13-18

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
(1 John 1:5)

In many ways, we are still basking in the glow of our celebrations honouring Christ's birth. For many weeks we had busied ourselves preparing for the festivities, we sang our carols and feasted with friends and family. But today, our Glorias! are being slowly replaced by a certain sense of foreboding--a quiet subtle message that sharing in the Good News also means a share in the coming cross. A sense that perhaps life will not be easy for the Infant King whose birth was so jubilantly celebrated only a few short days ago. That not all hearts will be open and ready to receive with joy the coming of our Lord and Saviour, and that in the dark corners of human hearts lurks an enemy waiting to destroy the light Christ brought into our world. That the Emmanuel was born into a world of weeping and sin--and that once the choirs of angels and bright Bethlehem star had vanished from the night sky--our little Lord Jesus would live His childhood a banished exile in a foreign country--and that He would be misunderstood, tormented and hated.

As the recent vibrant and happy season begins to fade from our memory, let us not forget that the tiny babe in the manger on that silent, holy night was simply sent to forgive us, to teach us, to heal us, to love us, to save us and to bring us peace--and hope!

- Anne

December 28, 2006

The Holy Innocents, martyrs

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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