Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 23 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24
Psalm 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14
A reflection on today's Scripture:
There are references in scripture that God's works and designs are unknown to man.
But many times as I read scripture I find Him strikingly predictable. Throughout scripture we find repeated methods that God uses to do His work. For instance, there is the theme that the last shall be first as found in the story of Esau and Jacob and as our Lord taught His disciples.
There are repeated stories of how God is found in the desert and in the isolated places as in the case of Moses on Sinai. He seems to use the same numbers often such as 12 and 40. When an elderly couple with no children shows up in scripture, you can be certain that a miracle is on the way and a new child is soon to be born and that child is meant for something special in God's work.
Today we read about the birth of John the Baptist, the son of the childless and elderly Zechariah and Elizabeth. John came to foretell the coming of the Messiah and like Isaac, Samuel and Jacob, he came from a barren mother. God uses these women, even in their later years to give birth to those He needs to do His work.
Today we read about the birth of John the Baptist, the son of the childless and elderly Zechariah and Elizabeth. John came to foretell the coming of the Messiah and like Isaac, Samuel and Jacob he came from a barren mother. God uses these women, even in their later years to give birth to those He needs to do His work.
The bottom line is that anyone can and will be used by God if He sees the need. None of us are too old, too young, too poor, too rich or in any way exempt from this. The common theme, however, is that those who have been called to do His work were open to His word and followed where He led. It is no different for us, so be open to Him and you may be surprised what He asks you to do.
~ Don Claunch, SFO
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
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