Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 31, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 2:18-21
Psalm 96:1-2, 11-12, 13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Today, on the last day of this year, the First Reading by St. John begins with the words, "Children, it is the last hour."
When things come to a close, it is common to look back and see what has transpired; it gives happenings a better perspective and explains many things that previously may have gone unnoticed. In this case it is that those who have strayed from the teachings of Jesus are not only deserters, but antichrists -- those who are diametrically opposed to the Gospel of Truth.
That is pretty strong language, but perfectly characterizes those who oppose Jesus and the Gospel He taught.
Does the Church give us this reading as a warning to take note of our own behaviors and opinions, the things we tolerate and even support, lest we too be leading toward being a deserter? Is it to help us formulate some real New Year's resolutions?
If we are serious about being a follower of Jesus, this is the time to start; it might really be the last hour, our last chance.
Where should we begin? How about with today's Gospel, also by St. John? Read on, please!
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man's decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father's only-begotten Son,
full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying,
"This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.'"
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father's side,
has revealed him.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS |
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
Lives of the saints:
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