Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 15, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17a
Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9
A reflection on today's Scripture:
By What Authority?
It's a reasonable question. If you lived in a time when interaction with the supernatural world was better perceived, if not more common, you might wonder who gives someone the authority to make all of these pronouncements. Who indeed gives some unlettered man from a little backwater village, son yet of a carpenter, the ability to heal body and soul?
We have the advantage of retrospect--we can look back on the events of the time of Jesus and see more clearly for not having to face the daily difficulties and the ordinariness of the Man who was God. There is nothing about Him that suggests that He might be something extraordinary--until you look back and see the long line of who He is and what He does.
We know now that His authority is the authority of God alone. But at the time, the people were hard pressed to see it. They see simply country folk who can be convinced of anything following a preacher who doesn't seem to have a home and who upsets the establishment at every move. Is this a savior or is this a rabble-rouser.
We find it hard to understand the confusion and the difficulty of the time. But then, we've been given the privilege of looking back and seeing with the light of truth. As we wait for Christmas, it is good to reflect upon how difficult it would be to believe that The One so long promised has come. But He has, and He is with us today, tomorrow, and forever.
Come, O Come Emmanuel!
- JuandelaCruz |
Monday, December 15, 2008
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