The Catholic Calendar for Thursday, December 14, 2006
Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

St. John of the Cross, religious, priest and doctor of the Church

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 41:13-20
Psalm 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab
Matthew 11:11-15

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

Gracious, merciful, kind, good, compassionate.

King David of the Old Testament used these loving words in today’s Responsorial Psalm to characterize his God and King. We sometimes use the same expressions to describe people we know. But none of us can fit any one of these descriptions for long—especially when our graces run short.

Our Lord, however, is all of these—at all times! Whatever spiritual state we find ourselves in, we can count on seeing the magnitude of these qualities revealed by His greatness. David goes on to describe our Lord as “glorious” and “mighty,” but not one of us can share either of these qualities with Him.

O Jesus,
it is when I love you with all my heart, mind and soul,
that you fill me with the wonder of your powerful presence.
Teach me to center every thought on you,
so that I might sense your magnificence all over again.

– Elizabeth (elizabethtichvon at comcast dot net)


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