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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 2 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today's First Reading talks about the coming of the Lord.

It is an Old Testament Reading and alludes to the coming of the Messiah. It goes on to question, "Who will endure the day of His coming?"

For we who are New Testament people, the coming of the Lord whom we seek makes us think of the last days, when Christ will come in Glory.

The same Old Testament question, however, begs us also to consider the query and perhaps to realize that we might have even more to account for. Like Simeon and Ana in today's Gospel, we have not only seen the fulfillment of the ancient promise, but we have lived in a 2000-year-old tradition that has had access to its blessings.

If we are to endure the day of the Christ's coming in Glory, we must be purified - we must be refined. Like silver and gold that ultimately endure the refinerís fire and have every base impurity stripped from them, so must we.

With God's ever-present grace, may we accept any hardship that comes our way; let it be for us the refinerís fire so that we might endure the sure and certain day when the Lord will come in glory as Judge of the living and the dead.

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Lives of the saints:

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


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