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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 10, A.D. 2008


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 40:25-31
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10
Matthew 11:28-30





A reflection on today's Scripture:



All of the scripture selections for today remind us of the extraordinary goodness of God.

Most of us might think that we aren't so terribly bad; we don't go around killing people or stealing great sums of money, but each of us, if we are truthful, knows that we have fallen short of what God expects and what He has given us the ability to accomplish.

Self-knowledge, that is, seeing ourselves as God sees us, is an essential ingredient for spiritual growth. It reveals not only our sinfulness, but also how much God loves us and to what extent He offers us His gift of grace.

To share in the very essence of God, that is, to be holy, is not only possible, but it is extremely possible! Though the deck often seems stacked against us, tipping us more toward bad than good, it is so only if we exclude God's gracious and unmerited gift of Himself that He consistently offers to all.

No one is excluded except those who of their own free will exclude themselves.

Let us then rejoice in the loving mercy of God who reminds us in this Season of Grace of our inestimable value in His sight. Of ourselves we are nothing, except that God, who is everything, loves us!

Imagine that!

Slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes. (Ps 103:8 and 10)

- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd@hughes.net



Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent







Lives of the saints:
http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/










Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
www.nccbuscc.org/nab/index.htm

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