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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 2, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 2:22-28
Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
John 1:19-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

As we rapidly leave the Christmas holiday season and get settled back into our regular routines, let’s take one more moment and reflect on this Christmastide.

There’s the saying that Christmas is for kids, and I must agree. I find it impossible to hold back tears as I have watched my own children through the years and I now watch the young children of friends and relatives at Christmas. The total joy they find in opening gifts brings up a flood of emotions within me that is indescribable.

Here’s something else that brings tears:

He himself made us a promise
and the promise is no less than this:
eternal life. (see 1 John 2:25)

Of all the gifts the Father could have given us through His Son, He gave us the greatest gift of all—eternal life. Yes, Christmas is for children—even for us “big kids” who are blessed to be the children of God.

As I say goodbye to the Holy Days of the season and start the new year, I pray that God will bless you with the joy of this season through the entire year.

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

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

St. Basil the Great, bishop and doctor of the Church

St. Gregory Nazianzen, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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