Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 26 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel 3:68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Today, both readings and the responsorial psalm tell of God's great power of salvation.
In the first reading we learn about Daniel who was cast into the Lion's den only to be saved by the Lord and the end result was that the king declared that all should worship the God of Daniel. The responsorial psalm comes from a hymn of praise that Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael (Shadrach, Abednego and Meshach) sang while in the fiery furnace. They, too, were saved by the Lord and the result was that the king declared that all should worship their God.
In today's gospel we read a rather frightening description our Lord gives of the last days of Jerusalem, which actually occurred about 40 years after His ascension into heaven. With this prophecy comes a promise of redemption, however, when Jesus will come to save all.
Throughout history this story has been repeated. We find it all through scripture and into our modern times as those who find themselves in mortal danger are saved by the Lord. While most of us will never find ourselves in such a situation, we, too, are part of the repeating story in that our souls, once under threat, have been saved by the work of our Lord on the cross.
Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. While it is easy to get caught up in the festivities, we need to pause and reflect on all of God's gifts and give thanks for all, especially His saving power.
~ Don Claunch, SFO
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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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