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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 19 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25a
Psalm 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17
Luke 1:5-25

A reflection on today's Scripture:

There Was a Priest Named Zechariah. . . . (Luke 1:5)

And while a holy man, he was a man whose faith was challenged. He served God day by day, but really couldn't quite bring himself to believe it when God spoke to him and made him a great promise. Indeed, it happened to his ancestor Abraham, but it was too wonderful to happen to him, and so he didn't believe it would be so.

He was struck dumb in the temple. How could this man preach to the people what he himself did not believe? Day by day, we are challenged in the same way. We have heard the stories. We are witnesses to the great power of God through all the ages past, and yet, at times our faith falters.

Let us then take heart from Zechariah. When we are momentarily struck dumb and unbelieving, know that God will restore us. Not only shall He restore us, but He shall make us glorious, just as He did with Zechariah, with whom we pray every morning:
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has come to His people and set them free."
(Luke 1:68)

~ JuandelaCruz |
email: sriddle415(at)yahoo(dot)com Today's O Antiphon:
O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.
The "O Antiphons" are sung at Evening Prayer from December 17 to 23 (see http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0374.html )

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

Lives of the saints:

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