Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 24, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
A reflection on today's Scripture:
For you will go before the Lord, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. (see Luke 1:77)
Over the past several weeks we might have spent much time, money and energy buying presents for friends and family, decorating our homes and planning meals for our guests, all efforts to express our love for them during this joyous Christmas season.
Often we wear ourselves out planning for the festivities, but leaving ourselves little time to reflect on the true meaning of this holiday, the celebration of Jesus Christís birth, God Himself born to us in human flesh to give Himself to us as the most precious gift of all, a new and glorious life.
We seldom hear in our churches that all mankind falls short of the glory of God because we live in sin. Indeed we are in an age that has lost any sense of sin, and our disobedience to God's law of love is contributing to a deterioration of our society, first through the destruction of marriage and family and as a result a general lessening of our dignity, worth and sanctity as beings made in the holy image of our Creator.
Christmas is the day God initiated His plan for humanity's salvation. We, like Christ, are to be reborn as little children, humble, and realizing we possess nothing of worth that has not been given to us by our loving Father Who today invites us again to participate in His holy life through faith in Christ.
Christians are required to be transformed in the holy image of God's Son, for then each of us can become a living gift of love and truth to one another. This world has gone awry because we lack God's holy attributes. May we sincerely resolve to abandon our hearts to God so we may then gift our family, friends and neighbors with the blessing of Christ's life. Let us realize that we cannot give that which we do not first possess.
O Father of all goodness, we thank You for restoring us to our true identity as brothers and sisters of Christ. May He reign supreme in our hearts to bless others with overflowing love.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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