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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 13, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 41:13-20
Psalm 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab
Matthew 11:11-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Scripture we observe a familiar method of religious instruction. First, those elementary things needing no more than the intrinsic use of our senses, and the capability they give us, are presented. Then comes the exhortation to stretch beyond just the sensate to heights more sublime.

The Word of God says it so succinctly. We must first "see and know, observe and understand." (see Isaiah 41:20)

God will never be sufficiently praised for even our sensible gifts, let alone the capacity He gives us to live as extensions of His very Being. Yet, when we go beyond seeing, to knowing and observing, to understanding, that is exactly what happens. It is what is called, living a life of grace.

Without God's grace and our cooperation with it, we fall short of our potential and neither come to know or understand. We just see and observe.

During this time of joyful anticipation may we become more appreciative of the extent of God's love. May we grow in grace and holiness as we prepare the way of the Lord.

Let the Word continue to be flesh and dwell in us.

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

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