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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 26, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59
Psalm 31:3cd-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17
Matthew 10:17-22

A reflection on today's Scripture:

What a season this is!

Within days of each other we hear of a Manger, a Martyr, a Massacre of babies and the Magi. It seems like life and death, poverty and wealth, lowliness and power are all on a collision course.

And, so it is. With His birth in a humble stable, the mission of Jesus and all who would share in His work of salvation entered on a collision course with everything that would thwart it.

It is not then, "off the wall" so to speak, that the Church presents these 4 M's before most of us can even take a breath. It forces us to assimilate the meaning of the holy birth and move to where it takes us, be it martyrdom, witness or adoration. In truth, martyrdom, witness and adoration is the lot to all who wish to do the will of the Father.

For some it will be the "short martyrdom" where life is suddenly snuffed out, while for others, it will be the "long martyrdom" where little by little we give ourselves over to the will of God and succumb to His almighty plan. In doing so we give our very lives to God, become a loving witness and give our Creator fitting adoration and praise.

"Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit." (Psalm 31:6)

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

December 26, 2007

Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr

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