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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 3 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 26:1-6
Psalm 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a
Matthew 7:21, 24-27

A reflection on today's Scripture:

During this liturgical season of Advent, as we prepare for the coming of the Word among us, the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph are very much in our thoughts and prayers. We thank God for their wisdom and ability to discern the will of God. Discernment is the topic of our gospel for today. Christ reminds us that, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)

Sometimes in our lives we think discernment is significant only as we choose our vocations, our careers, our friends and perhaps make major purchases such as a car or house. Discernment, or the ability to perceive the will of God, is important every day in our actions, big or small. In order to do this we need time to reflect, to consider options, or as was said of our Blessed Mother, "she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be." (Luke 1:29)

Christ reminds us that, "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock." (Matthew 7:24)

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Saint Francis Xavier, priest

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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