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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 25 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 62:11-12
Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
Titus 3:4-7 or Luke 2:15-20

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Christ saved us through rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit poured out on us.
(see Titus 3:5-6)

Christmas family gatherings are special to me, as some of my most precious childhood memories are associated with these times. Not only was the atmosphere happy and upbeat due to my mother's efforts, but I recall the delicious odors of baking cookies and simmering pots special to the season. We lived frugally the rest of the year, since we lived on my father's pension, for he had been left severely disabled from his WW1 injuries to his legs from shrapnel and to his lungs from "mustard gas."

I knew what my Christmas gift would be, but I was still excited to see the wardrobe of new clothes mom had made for my favorite doll of leftover fabric from the dresses she made me. Most precious were the stories my mother told me about Jesus and of how her family in Italy had celebrated this holiday when she was a child. Sadly my father avoided any mention of God except to express his bitter anger against Him for having permitted the war.

It took me many years to realize that the fault was not God's but man's for deliberately ignoring the solution Christ offered us for being cleansed of sin and reborn in God's love to live a life of peace. We were made by Love to give love, but because we had not allowed ourselves to receive and practice the love He offered us, our hearts have mainly become like empty husks, devoid of true life.

Selfishness, self-gratification and self-aggrandizement became the ways to success and power; and having "pulled the plug" on our love connection with God, we have won our freedom to cause and receive misery and to bring to full bloom our "death wish."

Why can't humanity see that God is the only source of life, our only way to fulfill all the inexpressible yearnings of our hearts?

O Most blessed Trinity,
enable us to see that the only values worth pursuing are those springing up from the love we allow You to plant within our hearts and souls. Amen.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Friday, December 25, 2009

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day)

Lives of the saints:

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


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