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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 1, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 2:1-5

Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9

Matthew 8:5-11

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I Will Come and Cure Him. . . . (Matthew 8:7)

Compassion. A man, who is chief amongst those responsible for the repression and dispossession of the people you love and the land which had been promised those people, comes to you and asks for a favor.

What would you do? How would you respond to him? Well here is the picture of compassion -- Jesus responds immediately, "I will come with you and heal your servant." No questions, no lecture about how you have crushed my people under your heel. Instead Jesus hears a need and responds -- instantly!

So it is with us as well. Jesus responds immediately to all of our trials. The problem is that He responds with what we need to endure the trial, not necessarily what we want. When we are in the midst of hardship, He is there by our sides, supporting us and holding us up. Too often, if we do not get what we wanted from the prayer, we wonder where God was, what He was thinking, how He was meeting our needs.

You ask, Jesus responds. Always. Not sometimes. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7). That is the promise of Jesus Christ -- no, it is more than a promise, it is the meaning of Messiah. When we ask, we are given always what we need, and sometimes a good deal more. When we seek, we often find more than we are looking for. God's abundance overflows upon us. Sometimes it is just difficult to see with fleshly eyes. We need to look with the eyes of the Spirit and thank the Lord for His daily salvation.

- JuandelaCruz |
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Monday, December 1, 2008

Monday of the First Week of Advent

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