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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 19, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25a
Psalm 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17
Luke 1:5-25

A reflection on today's Scripture:

WE are a privileged people!

In the secular business world, Christmas decorations quickly fill the shelves after Halloween and children start their lists for Santa. Salvation history is an "unknown" to many. As we see from today's readings, the history is long and deep and we realize salvation is in our time. As we read on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, "He predestined us to be his adopted sons through Jesus Christ." (see Ephesians 1:5)

What are we to do as a people who have been raised from dust, a poor and lowly people, now seated in the company of princes? (see Psalm 113:7-8) It is an awesome responsibility, but Christ clarified this for us in the two great commandments: love God with all of your heart and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.

Each of us has a unique relationship with God, and a special role in continuing the work of Christ. During this liturgical season of Advent, may each of us gain further insight about that role through our prayerful reflection.

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

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Lives of the saints:

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