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December 31, 2020

Daily Reflection for Thursday December 31,2020
 
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link:

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/123120.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 John 2:18-21
Responsorial: Psalm 96:1-2, 11-12, 13
Gospel: John 1:1-18

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do…. 1 John 2:21a

“What is truth?” Pilate infamously asked Jesus in response to Christ’s assertion that he had come into the world to testify to the truth.

The current storm of conflicting versions of truth permeating traditional and social media about current events seems to be asking a version of this same question: “What is true?”

You probably know, as do I, people who refuse to look at the news or to follow social media in an attempt to remain untouched by and oblivious to the often-disturbing things that happen in the world. While I do not think that is a wise tactic, I do think we should be less focused on the noise, confusion and uncertainty sweeping through the world and more focused on the source of our hope and faith. I find that the Rosary is an excellent way to clear the mind and make space for the Holy Spirit to help me meditate on Christ. You probably have your own way of doing the same thing.

What if we devoted the time we might spend in fretting about what is or is not true and instead meditate on ways in which we can make Christ more present in the present moment right where we are? Do you think it might be worth a try? Will you try it?

In this chaotic period of history, I hope you can hear John’s words, “I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do…”  Christ is the truth. Think on him. Remain true to his teachings and you will know the truth.

I wish you peace and safety in the new year.

Melissa Kittrell

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