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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 3, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 4:2-6
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9
Matthew 8:5-11

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Many will come from east to west to the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven, but the children of the kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness." (Matthew 8: 11-12)

A recent religious meeting featured a speaker whose topic was "Hope." He began by asking us to relate some of the attitudes and situations we encountered in our daily lives.

The picture we painted was grim until we realized that every difficulty we suffered resulted from human sin, our own as well as others'. Foolishly, humanity, in the face of growing violence and corruption, still insists on ignoring our God-given "Hope" in the Persons of Jesus Christ and His sanctifying Spirit Who provide us the grace, guidance and power to build a new, sane and peaceful world.

Today's readings reaffirm our "hope" for the future; God's salvation revealed through the Israelites will come about as promised to all who recognize their wretched spiritual state and turn to the all-holy and redeeming God for healing. God offers us the option of undergoing radical heart surgery that will enable us to participate in His glorious life. This is achieved only by those who, in total trust, abandon their minds, hearts and wills to our heavenly Father.

Jesus, in today's Gospel, reveals the universal nature of "hope," God's redeeming love to those who humbly, faithfully live in the love and truth of God's Word. All humanity is invited to God's banquet in the heavenly Kingdom; only we can exclude ourselves through blind, stubborn and disobedient unbelief.

O Heavenly Father, make us strong in faith, that we may abandon our hearts and minds to Your Holy Word and be deemed worthy to participate in Your Heavenly Banquet. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko(at)earthlink(dot)net

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