Daily Scripture Reflections

Wednesday, December 21
St. Peter Canisius

Today’s “O” antiphon prays: “O Radiant Dawn, / splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: / Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness / and the shadow of death.” The life work of St. Peter Canisius, a sixteenth-century German Jesuit priest and educator, was much like the “radiant dawn.” He was dedicated to leading people from the “darkness” of distorted Catholic beliefs to the “radiant light” of correct information and right practice. He created several catechisms, helping adults and children know the true faith. Read St. Paul’s letter to Timothy from your Bible. The letter models the work of St. Peter Canisius and gives guidance for our lives. Today’s readings: Song of Songs 2:8–14 or Zephaniah 3:14–18a; Psalm 33:2–3, 11–12, 20–21; Luke 1:39–45. 

Thursday, December 22
O King of All Nations

Jesus came as the Son of God so that we would know God the divine Father. Begin the day by reading the Magnificat from today’s Gospel from Luke. Let Mary’s praise of God seep into your heart. Praise God in what you plan and do today as you finish your preparations for Christmas. Today’s readings: Samuel 1:24–28; 1 Samuel 2:1, 4–5, 6–7, 8abcd; Luke 1:46–56

Friday, December 23
St. John of Kanty

Today’s “O” antiphon asks Emmanuel to “come and set us free.” If possible, as a final preparation for Christmas, attend Mass. After receiving Communion, pray that you may become what you have received. Like St. John of Kanty, we are sometimes misunderstood, and are victims of injustice. But like St. John, we are so loved by God that we should trust in God’s unconditional love. Today’s readings: Malachi 3:1–4, 23–24; Psalm 25:4–5ab, 8–9, 10 and 14; Luke 1:57–66

Saturday, December 24

In a Christmas Eve homily, St. Oscar Romero focused on the poverty of spirit needed for a true celebration of Christmas: “No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud, those who, because they have everything, look down on others, those who have no need even of God—for them there will be no Christmas. Only . . . those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone. That someone is God, Emmanuel, God-with-us. Without poverty of spirit there can be no abundance of God” (published in An Advent Sourcebook [Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1988]). Today’s 
readings: 2 Samuel 7:1–5, 8b–12, 14a, 16; Psalm 89:2–3, 4–5, 27 and 29; Luke 1:67–79