Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 25 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In today's First Reading we hear the origin of the phrase: "to read the handwriting on the wall."
The story tells us how the Prophet Daniel interpreted some mysterious writing that came from a bodiless human wrist and hand that appeared out of nowhere and wrote on the palace wall.
The frighteningly written words portended doom for the King and his assembly, who had wantonly defiled the sacred vessels from the Temple in Jerusalem and who mocked the God of all creation. Instead of Him, they praised their gods of silver, gold, brass, iron, wood and stone.
Unfortunately, sometimes we need to be frightened or startled before we come to our senses and remember that there are grave consequences when we are sinful and unrepentant.
We shouldn't need a disembodied hand and wrist to write on the wall for us. We already know what the hand writing on the wall will say if we do not cease our own brand of idolatry, that is, loving anything more than God.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul,
and with thy whole mind,
and with thy whole strength. (see The Baltimore Catechism)
~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr
Lives of the saints:
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