Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 6, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Matthew 9:35--10:1, 5a, 6-8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Jesus said, "As you go, make the proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" (Matthew 10:7)
Since the seventh century our Church has observed two aspects of Advent; note that some of our readings allude to Christ's second coming and His taking of the faithful to Himself. But the aspect emphasized today is our joyful anticipation of our Savior's birth, God's gift of His holy Word sent to guide us to our heavenly home. In recent years pastors have stressed God's love and boundless forgiveness, to the point of creating a false sense of security in the face of looser morals. When Christ tells us in today's gospel that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, He implies far more than His bearing to us in His own body God's mercy and compassion; He came to proclaim God's law of love and truth in which all are called to participate. Salvation results if we allow Christ's Holy Spirit to sanctify us, to inspire us to live holy lives that reflect Christ's image.
What God has offered us in Christ is the ultimate and priceless gift of life; He has freed us from slavery to sin and by grace enables us to overcome behavior that causes anger, dissent, revenge and destruction of life and property. During this Christmas season, let us not agonize over finding perfect gifts for our loved ones. Let us instead follow Christ's bidding to His Apostles, to share God's greatest treasure, the good news of salvation: “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” Let us share with one another God's imperishable gifts leading to salvation: His love, joy, peace, truth, justice, compassion, understanding, forgiveness and gentleness. Unlike material gifts that can break or wear out, these will multiply and grow stronger with use.
O Heavenly Father,
help us to grow close to Your Son to learn from Him all those virtues that embody Your love and truth; Make us ambassadors of peace on earth.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Saturday of the First Week of Advent
St. Nicholas, bishop
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