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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 9 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 40:25-31
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10
Matthew 11:28-30

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today's short gospel reading is one that we have heard many times in our Christian lives. Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." But have we ever really thought or experienced what the Lord is saying in this passage?

There is a young woman with whom I have a close relationship. She struggled through her teenage years with bad relationships with her parents and bad relationships with boys at school and this pattern continued through her adult life. Adding to these struggles were some unfortunate and sad events, which made her life very difficult and her heart was constantly heavy with a great deal of emotional burden. With no friends, a bad marriage that had ended in divorce and estranged from her family, this young woman became a hateful and somewhat hated and bitter woman. Then something happened.

A coworker brought her back to the church and for the first time in her life she really prayed, read her bible and developed a relationship with the Lord. A single mothers' group at the church helped her along and as her relationship with Jesus grew, so did her relationships with new friends and old, and especially her family. Jesus did as He promised in today's gospel; He lightened her load, replacing it with an easy yoke. Today she is a loving and loved woman and no longer is weighed down by the past.

Jesus makes a very strong promise to ease our loads. All we must do is allow Him to do that for us and let go of the burdens in our lives.

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

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

St. Juan Diego

Lives of the saints:

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


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