Today's reading recounts Daniel's prophetic interpretation of the mysterious handwriting on the wall which appeared during a sacrilegious feast by King Belshazzar using the sacred vessels from the captured Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
The king could not read the message due to his hardness of heart and his drunkenness.
These last few days of ordinary time remind us of the hostile receptions given Old Testament prophets. The new prophecy announced by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary and brought to fulfillment in Jesus Christ will soon be upon us. By prayer and corporal and spiritual gifts of mercy, may our hearts be ready to receive Jesus this Christmas.