Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 5, A.D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 3:22–4:6
Psalm 2:7bc-8, 10-12a
Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In the first reading at today's Mass, we learn that Saint John the Evangelist wrote:
". . . every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus, does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, who, as you heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world." (see 1 John 4:3)
Wow! That was a bit of a revelation to me, since we hear contemporary writers speaking of the "Anti-Christ" as some person who is yet to come, or is, perhaps, actually living in secret in these very times of ours! Scary! Current-day novels bordering on prophecy, yet based on certain scriptural facts and a vivid imagination, are apparently ever-popular as they have been, no doubt, for many years in the past.
But, let us try to better understand this by thoughtfully reading today's two short chapters for a better sense of what St. John was explaining to his audience. We, who may or may not be living in "the latter times," should receive this scripture as a call to a deeper, simpler holiness, a call to preaching the Word by our silent, humble, living example.
We can achieve this by loving God through a simple, quiet love of neighbor. Let us prayerfully, quietly, be alert to the needs of others. This is sometimes called "the sacrament of the moment." If we love God with all our hearts, the Holy Spirit will guide us along the way. This is one road where it is best if we simply take our hands off the steering wheel!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Memorial of Saint John Neumann, bishop
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