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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 21, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Song of Songs 2:8-14
Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21
Luke 1:39-45

A reflection on today's Scripture:

As I prepare for the coming of our Lord, I'm trying to put myself in Mary's place, to feel what it was like to be the woman chosen above all others to give birth to the Son of God. How does all this apply to me, a man living 2000 years later?

The first thing that strikes me is that Mary finds out about all this from an angel. God sent the Archangel Gabriel to tell Mary about both the physical and the spiritual and to prepare her for what would lie ahead. Then, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth and receives confirmation of the great thing that is happening within her. But Mary's troubles are just beginning and she will soon find herself fleeing to Egypt with her newborn son and will face trials until the time of her son's crucifixion.

My thoughts turn to Job who faced trials and troubles beyond belief. However, there was no angelic messenger to tell him what was going on in the spiritual side of his trials, and his friends and relatives were simply no help. Likewise, this can be the case with us.

How many times have we been faced with an unexpected problem that we did not ask for—illness, death of a loved one, loss of a job, financial setback? I'm sure that in every major event, we have never been forewarned by an angel, nor were we greeted as Mary was by Elizabeth.

However, what we learn from Gabriel's annunciation to Mary, through Elizabeth and through Job's trials, should give us comfort in knowing that there is always a spiritual side to everything that happens and that God is there. "All things happen for good," to paraphrase Scripture, and this is something we need to remember, even if it hurts and we don't understand the why of what is happening to us. During these stressful times, we should follow Mary's example and pray that God finds favor in us and that we remain obedient to His word.

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

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St. Peter Canisius, priest and doctor of the Church

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