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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 20, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
Luke 1:26-38

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Mary said, "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)

A recent "reflection" spoke of reconciliation, an agreement between God and man that leads to harmony between people, and promotes world peace. Today's gospel relates to reconciliation, for agreement between people is not complete unless the parties remain "obedient" to their mutual conclusion. By definition, reconciliation requires a change, an obedience, not just in spoken words but also "lived" through deeds. For example, a person may see the wisdom of living according to Christ's love and truth, and yet for any number of reasons, persist in disobedience to Him. Scripture illustrates that talk is cheap but obeying God's Word can be very costly to "self."

Today's gospel illustrates the above statement. A person may be called by God to serve Him, but unless he fulfills the conditions of that call, he will be counted as a worthless servant. It could cost Mary much if she agreed to bear God's Redeemer into this world. She would forfeit her betrothal to Joseph, lose her good reputation and perhaps risk her life if she were openly accused of violating her marital promise. Considering these possible consequences, some may see her consent, made without doubt or fear, to be a foolish, self-destructive act.

Mary acted upon the bidding of her heart. She was the Immaculate Conception, free of sin and filled with God's love and truth. Instinctively she knew to Whom she belonged and so responded without hesitation. We who have been "saved" from spiritual death through Mary's and Christ's sacrifices should also respond to God's call with unquestioning obedience. We will never lose anything of true value by serving God according to His will; instead we will gain the treasure of eternal life with Him.

Glorious Lord, fill us with the light of Your Spirit that we may always respond to God's call with faithful, trusting and loving service. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko@twcny.rr.com

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

Lives of the saints:

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


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