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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 11, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 41:13-20
Psalm 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab
Matthew 11:11-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

When one reflects on how the Old Testament prophets were treated, it is easy to see why Jesus makes the comment today that the kingdom had suffered great violence. Throughout the ages, the prophets were persecuted and martyred for their work and all the while they were doing the will of Almighty God.

John the Baptist, the last of the prophets who foretold the coming of the Messiah, suffered the worst of violence. Thrown in prison and then beheaded, he suffered a martyr's death. But why did John and those before him suffer so? Simply put, the people did not want to hear what the prophets had to say. The calls to repentance and to return to the faith required some very uncomfortable changes and these changes were, at times, challenges to the powers then in place. In their sinfulness, the people could not see the truth.

While we no longer have prophets, we can still see that sinfulness is terribly blinding and there are times we do not see the truth. During this Advent, let us all pause and step back and listen to see if there is a prophet in our lives calling to us. Perhaps we may have become blind to some truth and as we prepare for the coming of our Lord, let us listen and see.

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

St. Damasus I, pope

Lives of the saints:

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


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