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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 22, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Samuel 1:24-28
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd
Luke 1:46-56

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The end of the liturgical season of Advent centers heavily around the Holy Family and especially on our Blessed Mother and all that she must have been going through.

So, here she was, at the conclusion of her pregnancy, riding around on a donkey in order to fulfill a law! There was no warm, comfortable, five-star hotel where she could deliver this precious baby. It was her first delivery and as a young girl there must have been some concerns on her part. We could go on with the list.

In the midst of this, the Church reminds us of the beautiful proclamation by our blessed mother. Known commonly as "The Magnificat," it is the Gospel that we hear today. (Luke 1:46-55) It is a powerful and yet humble statement, one that we might ponder slowly, phrase by phrase, over these last few days before Christmas. For instance, it starts off with Mary joyfully exclaiming: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord."

Can we say the same about our own lives? Does Christ shine through us? Do others see Christ in our actions? Her statements are worthy of many fruitful meditations. Try it as a precious Christmas gift from Mary. Have a MARY Christmas!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
email: jmurphy(at)utica(dot)edu

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