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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 14, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 48:17-19
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Matthew 11:16-19

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Throughout my life, my work has put me in a position where I have managed people. At times my frustration level reaches a peak when it seems I cannot please my team members no matter what I do. Not long ago, one of my teams told me that they thought I was not spending enough time with them and not giving them adequate direction on the work they were doing. So, I started devoting more time and energy to them in response. You can imagine how I just sat back and scratched my head when about a month later their team leader came to me and told me that the team thought I was micromanaging them too much and that I should just let them do the work they were qualified to do. It seemed I could not do the right thing with this group and I have run into similar situations a number of times.

I wonder if our Lord was a bit frustrated too. He points out that John the Baptist lived almost as a hermit and the people rejected him. Then the Lord comes and eats and drinks with the people, only to be rejected again. Both brought the good news from the Father and both were criticized by the people.

The fact is that the good news is open to all of us, if we only choose to listen and accept. The people rejected both John and Jesus because they did not want to hear what they were being told. The message was the same, the messenger a bit different. Are we today truly open to this gospel message?

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan(dot)net

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St. John of the Cross, priest, religious, doctor of the Church

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