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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 29 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 2:3-11
Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6
Luke 2:22-35

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Why would it happen that the piercing of Mary by a sword would be necessary so that the thoughts of many hearts might be revealed? (the prophesy of Simeon)

Surely we can imagine that the ignominious death of Jesus and the piercing of His heart were like a sword that pierced hers. But why, I ask again, did Jesus or Mary have to be pierced for the thoughts of many hearts to be revealed? What would revealing my thoughts accomplish?

Perhaps by considering the piercing of Jesus, I have the opportunity to contemplate what sacrificial love is all about. It might make me less "full of myself" and more inclined to reveal my vulnerable side. Perhaps it allows me to acknowledge that I'm scared a bit by life and more accurately, by death and that I haven't always done such a good job of loving others and finally, that I long for forgiveness and a chance to start anew.

Is that what the piercing of those hearts reveals? That I am injured and in need of The Savior's Heart to repair my own, sinful one?

Perhaps I wouldn't have discovered it any other way?

". . . and you yourself a sword will pierce
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." (Luke 2:35)

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
| email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Lives of the saints:

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