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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 2, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122: 1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In northern New York State, we all love mountains. We climb them in summer, admire their colors in autumn, and ski them in winter. They inspire us, delight us and sometimes frighten us. But no one can ignore them.

On this First Sunday of Advent, we're concerned about one particular mountain—the Lord's Mountain. Isaiah issues an invitation: "Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may instruct us in His ways, and we may walk in His paths."

In our First Reading, we also find that famous prophecy about all the nations eventually laying down their weapons of war. "One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again." If we didn't believe that Scripture is the Word of God, we would call that an impossible dream! So, Christians must keep working and praying for peace! We must never accept war as the solution.

Advent is a time for us to wake from sleep, as St. Paul tells us in the Second Reading today. And Jesus, in the Gospel, urges us to "stay awake!" Why? Because we know "neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come."

To those of you who are tired already of Christmas advertisements and glittering lights, and even Christmas music, just don't let the media and the market ruin your celebration. We really need Christ's coming with His love and His peace. And we definitely need these four weeks of Advent to prepare our families and ourselves.

Take advantage of what your parish offers you in the way of daily meditation and Advent calendars and challenging activities. We need to stir ourselves, for Christ is still struggling to redeem our world, and He needs our response. Let's start climbing that mountain!

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
email: pwhitmore29(at)yahoo(dot)com

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