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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 12, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab

Judith 13:18bcde, 19

Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-47

A reflection on today's Scripture:

At certain times we might feel a disconnection between things of earth and the experiences of heaven. Today's reading gives us an excellent example that this is far from reality. The particular reading, core to salvation history, is that of the angel, Gabriel, appearing to Mary and her acceptance of the role of mother of our Savior.

Today is also the feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, commemorating the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to the Indian convert, Juan Diego. Mary left him with a picture of herself impressed upon his cloak, which is actually enshrined even to this day.

The reading from St. Luke for today's liturgy ends with a statement that can help us bridge the feelings we might have about disconnection. The statement is that "no word shall be impossible with God" (Luke 1:37) We believe this about God's role with our Blessed Mother and later her role with the young man, Juan Diego.

Do we believe nothing is impossible with God's role in our own life?

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
jmurphy (at) syracuse (dot) net

Friday, December 12, 2008

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Lives of the saints:

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


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