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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 14 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17a
Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9
Matthew 21:23-27

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Have you been inspired?

Perhaps you were when praying while on a walk in a park or the woods. Have you formed a vision in your mind? Perhaps the spirit of God you possess has been at work as you contemplated the Blessed Sacrament. Sometimes we use the word "prompted" to describe why something has been said by way of advice, exhortation or exposition of a religious matter.

Any and all of these and other similar experiences help us appreciate Balaam who at first wanted nothing to do with Jacob and Israel. The spirit of God was given to him and he was led to do God's work, to speak a prophecy and a vision.

The vision is especially enchanting as it describes a fundamental reality of faith, that I see Him but not now, and I behold Him though not near.

The grace and spirit of God come to us, the reality of Jesus is known and sustains us, the power of the Holy Spirit is at work but it is all incomplete, and we do not see as the apostles did on Mount Tabor.

As Advent encourages us to be aware of how Christ has come among us, how He is with us, and how He will come again, Balaam's oracle encourages us to be very grateful to the Lord for what has been received and patiently (and passionately, too) at prayer like the early church "Come, Lord Jesus!"

- Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday of the third Week of Advent

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

Lives of the saints:

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