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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 17, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17
Matthew 1:1-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

At this particular time of the liturgical year we hear again the genealogy of Jesus, that list of all those obscure and unpronounceable names. Among them we hear some that are familiar and sense that we may know a little something about from where Jesus has come.

On and on, after Abraham, the most mysterious are named except for the rare few, here and there, that might ring a bell. Then, as if walking from pitch darkness into brilliant light, we see that beautiful line that announces the breaking through of God into our very existence: ". . . Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ." (Matthew 1:16)

Here we have it, the consummate mystery of the humanity of Christ, prepared for us from the beginning.

Through this great mystery, of God who has deigned to become man, we recognize the Love which sanctifies all human flesh by Jesus taking it unto Himself.

As the days of the fulfillment of the Promised One draw near, may we look upon the human race with wonder and awe, and see hidden under the mask that sin so often distorts, the image of the Son of God, in whom we have all become His brothers and sisters.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. (John 1:14)

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Lives of the saints:

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


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