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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 25, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalm 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14

A reflection on today's Scripture:

For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. (Luke 2:11)

To this day, I cannot hear the gospel story of the Nativity without getting tears in my eyes. Just to know that my God, my Savior, came to the earth as a fragile child, born in poverty and much less than ideal circumstances, touches me beyond most things. The visitors at His birth were shepherds who were not considered the cream of society and shortly thereafter He became a fugitive, fleeing the wrath of an unjust ruler. He became a child, grew to be a man trained in a trade. For 30 years before He started His ministry He lived the life of a common man and not anything close to royalty.

We have a God who has experienced our circumstances.

What a wonderful marvel this is! A God who understands us, loves us, came to us and died for us.

This is why I cry when I hear this story. I cannot imagine the greatness of His love for all of us, as it is far greater than I can imagine. But today, I see Him, helpless, homeless and one of us and I know that my Redeemer lives!

- Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

(Holyday of Obligation)

Lives of the saints:

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


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