Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 27, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 1:1-4
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
John 20:1a and 2-8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him.
Today's readings begin with John's letter to churches that were disturbed by a heresy being circulated that Jesus Christ was not truly human. These heretics claimed that if God's Son had come in human flesh then His divinity would have been tainted. John's letter corrected this theological error by pointing out the consistent descriptions and events cited by His Apostles. John also reminds the churches that true Christian love, forgiveness, faith, morals and salvation had to take place within Christ's historical bodily human presence so that His sacrificial death for us would legitimately pay the price our human sin deserved.
John's opening words in today's epistle emphasize his personal knowledge of Jesus, his having seen, touched, spoken to and shared meals with Him. He had heard Christ proclaim His Sonship with God, the Father, the joyful words of man's salvation and God's offer of eternal life to those living in obedience to His Word. Our gospel narrates the first momentous event following Christ's crucifixion: His body was not in the tomb where He had been placed. Only His burial cloths were left, an indication that if His body had been stolen, His burial cloths would not have been left behind.
That Christ prevailed over death through His resurrection is the source of our greatest hope. Not only do we have the promise of eternal life, but we can begin reaping the benefits of a new, resurrected, sinless life, one lived in Christ's purity of heart and mind that can transform our world's moral climate and bring us true peace.
You made it possible for us to participate in Your new, blessed life. Let our gratitude be shown by our living fully in the love and truth You taught us.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The Third Day in the Octave of Christmas
Feast of Saint John, apostle and evangelist
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