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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 16 A..D. 2009


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Isaiah 45:6b-8, 18, 21b-25
Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Luke 7:18b-23


A reflection on today's Scripture:





Today we hear how John the Baptist sent a couple of his disciples to Jesus to ask if Jesus was truly the Messiah. This seems odd, given that John was one of the first to identify exactly who Jesus was and called Him both "the Lamb of God" and "the Son of God." So why does it seem that John had doubts about who Jesus truly was?

While we will never really know what was going on in John's mind and in his heart, we do know that doubting one's faith is a fairly common occurrence. The apostles themselves struggled with their doubts and through the ages many saints have had periods of time when they really questioned their faith and the divinity of Christ. Many of us have had similar episodes in our lives and I have known some men who have gone from very devout and prayerful people to lost souls that seemed to wander without reason or cause.

But the one thing I have also seen is that these men eventually came back and their faith was stronger than ever before. In response to the questions from John's disciples, Jesus responds, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them." Jesus did not base His entire ministry on miracles, but He performed enough of them to give good witness to who He was and it is this we have to fall back on when our doubts begin to grow.

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent



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