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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 4 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Matthew 9:27-31

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Let it be done for you according to your faith. (Matthew 9:29)

God's call to Isaiah came at a critical time in Israel's history when the nation was threatened by internal divisions as well as attacks from neighboring enemies. Having strayed far from God's word and His grace, their northern kingdom had fallen to the Assyrians, and Jerusalem's walls were surrounded by another enemy. Isaiah received a vision of God's holiness and glory that overwhelmed him by also revealing the people's sinfulness, their need for forgiveness and their being transformed in their Creator's image. Isaiah was prepared to prophesy after a seraph had purified his lips with a live coal and the Lord took possession of his human spirit. He now saw God's power to change people's hearts and minds from evil to "good," and to live in holiness through His direction and grace. Psalm 27 emphasizes that in every event God remains as man's life and refuge, and none should fear if they firmly live in His faith.

Though fear has no place in a Christian's life, Christ advises the two blind men He healed not to speak of this miracle. Jesus had no fear for Himself but knew the religious authorities would twist His every act to discredit His message of God's love, forgiveness and salvation. They would persecute and frighten His followers by barring them from attendance in the synagogue and by accusing Christ of healing people through Satan's power instead of God's healing love. Their hatred of Jesus went so far as to commit this blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the one sin which Christ said is unforgivable. This situation must have deeply grieved Jesus, for each fabricated lie further distanced the "authorities" from God and the salvation Christ came to offer them.

O merciful Father,
touch unbelieving hearts in a way that they will joyfully accept Your gift of faith and grow closer to You by living in Your "Word's" truth and love. Amen.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday of the First Week of Advent

St. John of Damascus, priest and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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


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