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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 29, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 2:3-11
Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6
Luke 2:22-35

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The Gospel reading for today is filled with interesting parallels. (see: Luke 2:22-35)

We have the respect for the law, as depicted by Joseph and Mary taking Jesus to Jerusalem, and we have the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as proclaimed by Simeon when he beheld the child, Jesus.

We feel the joy of Simeon as he recognized the Savior, and yet there is his pronouncement to Mary that her soul would be pierced with sorrow.

We have a startling example that Mary and Joseph offered the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves for Jesus, when thirty-three years later He would offer His very life on the Cross for our salvation!

Where do these parallels leave us?

Perhaps the First Reading can give us direction, wherein it is stated that our first responsibility is to keep the Commandments. Sometimes we get off on tangents in our spiritual lives, when in contrast scripture continuously keeps our path simple. It does us no good spiritually, to avoid our obvious responsibilities in search of something more palatable and exciting.

O Holy Spirit, guide us as we approach a new year!

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

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