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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 29, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 2:3-11
Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6
Luke 2:22-35

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In the First Reading and the Gospel we see that the difference between those who see and those who are blind lies in how they respond to God and His commandment of love.

Anyone who hates his brother is blinded by darkness and doesn't know where he is going, while the just and holy, like Simeon, have vision to see.

So what is it that we want: to be blind or to see? If our answer is "to see," then we must understand how absolutely necessary it is for us to be loving individuals. That doesn't mean we necessarily "feel" love for everyone, but nevertheless choose to respond with love. It requires an act of our intellect and our will and not an act of our senses.

But what's the point about "seeing," the advantage of seeing? Why should we have to do what is sometimes so difficult, to love those who are unlovable, who irritate us, hurt us, make the world unhappy and violent? The point is that's what God requires us to do: to be like Jesus so that one day we might enjoy really seeing–seeing God face to face for all eternity. That's the point, that's the option we exercise when we choose to see or to be blind–everlasting glory or eternal horror!

Put in those terms, I know what I want: "I Want to See God!"

"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. He enabled those who accepted Him to become children of God." (adapted in today's Alleluia Verse from John 1:14, 12)

- Donna Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hughes dot net)

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