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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 2 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 25:6-10a
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Matthew 15:29-37

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Throughout scripture we find wonderful stories of how God fed His people through a miracle. He provided manna and quail for His chosen people after they left captivity in Egypt. The prophet Elisha fed a hundred men with a few loaves and Jesus fed the multitudes with a few loaves and fish. The prophet Isaiah predicted a rich feast from God, and God has always fed his people with the Word of life.

As we begin our journey through Advent, looking to the celebration of Christmas and the birth of our Lord, I ask you to consider this: With all of our modern technology, with all of our advancements and with all we have been able to accomplish as a race over the centuries since Christ's birth, we still have those who are hungry each and every day. They are our neighbors as well as those in the impoverished corners of the world. They are starving, and really for no practical reason.

There are many of us who never face this situation and never lack for food and clean water. It is our obligation as Christian servants to feed the poor, give water to the the thirsty and clothe the naked.

During this Advent, our period of renewal and waiting, I ask you to consider the circumstances of those so desperately in need and to do what we need to do to come to their aid. Perhaps you do not have a lot of wealth and that is ok; but there is much to be done that does not require money such as serving in a mission kitchen or working in a food pantry. Whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him.

~ Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

Lives of the saints:

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