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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 4, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 3:11-21
Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
John 1:43-51

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Holy Scripture says it over and over again, "We should love one another."

But aren't we, generally speaking, already doing that except in where war and violence are present? Don't we, practically speaking, love one another?

Just framing the question using words like, "generally speaking," "except in cases," and "practically speaking," gives away the faulty thinking that leads us to believe that we're following the great commandment to love.

It is not enough to love "generally," or "practically" or even "except in extreme cases." We have to love unconditionally, all the time and in all situations and circumstances!

Having said that, we recognize how much in need we are of the Savior. But it isn't enough just to gaze with loving eyes at the infant in the manger; we must also raise our eyes to the ever-present crucifix, the sign of our salvation. It is by Christ's suffering that we see what loving one another really entails, not "generally speaking," or "practically speaking," or "most of the time," but always and everywhere just like Jesus.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen His glory!

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

* Read more about St. John Neumann, a great American bishop at:

St. John Neumann

January 5, 2007
Friday before Epiphany
St. John Neumann, bishop*

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