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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 7, A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 4:11-18
Psalm 72:1-2, 10, 12-13
Mark 6:45-52

A reflection on today's Scripture:

As we begin a new year, we often find ourselves thinking about what has gone on before and what we hope might be yet to come. Universally the desire for peace is probably one of the greatest longings of the human heart, right up there with love.

Some think peace can be found in financial security, secured national interests, or the absence of war. Though they seem in part to describe what peace may look like, they fail to tell us how to achieve it.

During this beautiful Christmas Season, Holy Scripture tells us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that apart from Him there is no real peace. To be sure, there are counterfeits that lure us to think we are on the right track, but time and time again the results are fleeting and disappear like smoke from an extinguished match.

Today's Responsorial Psalm, however, shows us the condition that must be met before lasting peace is attained. It is no less than this, that every nation on earth adore the Lord.

Want a New Year's resolution? Pray to be an instrument in the fulfillment of this prophetic utterance: "Lord, every nation on earth will adore you."

- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas Weekday

St. Raymond of Penafort, priest

Lives of the saints:

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