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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 23, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24
Psalm 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14
Luke 1:57-66

A reflection on today's Scripture:

No one is disgraced who waits for you,
but only those who lightly break faith.
Make known to me your ways, Lord;
teach me your paths.
(Psalm 25:3-4)

In today's gospel, Elizabeth gives birth to her baby named John, later to become known as John the Baptist, the man to pave the way for the Lord. Today's readings remind us of the divine plan that God has for our lives if only we would have faith and trust. But we must also have patience. To have patience is to trust that God's plan for us will be revealed at the right time and in the right form.

Sometimes, we forget that the plans for our individual lives are intricately connected to those of others, loved ones and people we may not even know. We may not know the purpose that our life's destiny is serving, but trusting in the divine plan allows us to partake in God's work and to become an important role in the interwoven tapestry of humanity and divine love.

In this festive season, let us recognize that we are not alone but are one family in the fulfillment of this wonderful divine plan. Love, Faith, Hope and Patience are our daily instruments in bringing this wonderful vision to fruition.

- Clia Doyle |

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

St. John of Kanty, priest

Lives of the saints:

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


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