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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 30 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 John 2:12-17
Psalm 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10
Luke 2:36-40

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Our Lord came to us not only as a complete human being but also as fully God. For many people, this is hard to understand but it is a basic element of our faith.

Today we hear of a fascinating part of the incarnation: while He was God, He still was held to the requirements of the Law of Moses that was valid at the time. Jesus, as a firstborn male, was presented in the temple to God as all firstborn males were. He was circumcised and attended the required feasts throughout His life.

One would think that as God He would be exempt from these requirements. But even in the new covenant that He brought, He held to the new elements of the faith, being baptized by John even though He was without sin. One would think that God being sinless could skip baptism too.

Yes, He was and is God. But He is also our prime example. He held Himself to all that was required as a male Jew and as the Messiah and messenger of the new covenant.

Today we are tempted, and many times decide, that it is all right to skip some elements of our faith. We become "cafeteria" Catholics who pick and choose what we want and leave the rest behind.

Well, my friends, our faith is a complete and whole faith of which we must adhere to and partake of its many parts. For instance we cannot opt out of attending Sunday Mass nor can we turn our backs on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Likewise we need to obey the moral and ethical teachings of the Church to be fully Christian. To paraphrase an old cliché: if it's good enough for Jesus, it is good enough for us.

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

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Lives of the saints:

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


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