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Archive for December, 2012

12-31-2012The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21

 Happy New Year, may the Lord bless you and keep you safe in the coming year!Prayer for 2013

 

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/123112.cfm

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number. But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth. 

We are all tempted to stray from the truth. There are many antichrists in our lives that cause us to stumble. Addictions, fear, unforgiveness, sloth, greed and many more. Many have deserted the Lord for these things. How do we get them back? How do we bring them the truth? Have we wandered? Have we strayed? What can bring us back? The truth is stronger than these things and lives within us. How can we recognize that? Can we? How can I change? How can you? 

Prayer: Holy Father, I want to live only in your truth. Help me to learn how to overcome the antichrist’s in my life, and live only in you. Holy Spirit, fill me with the strength I need to come home to the truth and trust in the Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen 

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

12-30-2012 Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Gospel Lk 2:41-52

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/123012.cfm

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man. 

The Holy Family was just like our families. The kids do things without thinking, parents worry. Jesus couldn’t understand why they were worried. He was doing what He knew He had to do, for Him it was simple. For all of us though it is not always so simple. The people we love do things we don’t understand and we are hurt. Forgiving that hurt is hard, but as Mary and Joseph forgave Jesus, we must also forgive those in our family who hurt us. Can I do that? Can I forgive my family members who have hurt me? Who in your family do you need to forgive? Can you? Most importantly – WILL you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to forgive those in my life who have hurt me. Sometimes it is harder when it is family, so please send me the extra graces I need to do what needs to be done. Holy Spirit fill me with the love of God so I may extend that to those I need to forgive. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen 

Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord

12-29-2012 The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:3-11

Link to today’s readings:  http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122912.cfm

Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. 

Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to you but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. And yet I do write a new commandment to you, which holds true in him and among you, for the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall. Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 

So many today claim to know the Lord but do not live His words. How can we live outside of the truth that He has given us and still claim to be followers? His words are clear, but we don’t hear. We follow a bible of convenience and self-love, not the Lord’s love and freedom. His words are as true today as they were when He spoke them, why can’t we see that? How can we come into the light of His glory? To walk in His way? What can I do to change the world? How can I change myself? How can you change? What can you change? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to always walk in your light, to walk your path, to live your truth. Allow me to abide in you so when people see me they see you first. Holy Spirit fill me with the courage to proclaim the truth of your forgiveness and love to all who can hear. Open the hearts of those who say they believe, but do not know your words that they may also walk in the light of Christ. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen 

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

12-28-2012 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs Gospel Mt 2:13-18

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122812.cfm

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son. 

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: 

A voice was heard in Ramah,

sobbing and loud lamentation;

Rachel weeping for her children,

and she would not be consoled,

since they were no more. 

Rachel can still be heard weeping for her children. Herod slaughtered these children out of fear, we abort children today out of fear. Like Herod we fear the consequences of a little child. He worried about his crown, we worry about our lifestyles, our jobs, being inconvenienced. How can we stop this slaughter? What can I do? What can you do? Are we willing to speak the truth that is necessary? Will they listen? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to fight this evil that is abortion. Give us the strength we need to speak the truth. Holy Spirit give us the strength we need to stand up to those who do not believe it is wrong. Help us to show them the way to truth and freedom. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen 

Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare

12-27-2012 Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4

St John Apostle

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122712.cfm

Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life — for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us? what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing this so that our joy may be complete.

John proclaimed the word that he saw lived. Today it is harder to see this word lived, we must become the light that others see, the life made visible to John. If we testify but do not live it, who will believe? John wanted their joy to be complete – shouldn’t that be what we want for ourselves? For everyone? Is your joy complete? How can you accomplish that? How can you spread that joy to others? What can I do?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, my joy is only complete in you. Help me to spread that joy to those in my life, so that they too may know what it means to live in your love, to have that joy that is perfected in you. Holy Spirit, may the grace of joy spread throughout me to those I come in contact with. In Jesus’ name Amen

Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

12-26-2012 Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

 St Stephen

Link to today’s readings:  http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122612.cfm

Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. 

When they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 

St. Stephen spoke the word of the Lord, even when his life was in danger. The Lord told them this would happen and he was rewarded for his courage by a glimpse of Jesus in heaven. The people heard the truth but didn’t want to believe. They knew what he spoke was right but would rather stop Stephen at any cost. Who are you in this reading? Hearing but not wanting to believe? Afraid to believe? Or the one willing to speak the truth, no matter the cost. Which am I? Do I have the courage to speak your word or am I afraid of the truth? Which are you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us the courage of St. Stephen, to speak your truth, no matter the cost. Holy Spirit fill us with the power of God and help us to know the truth and to proclaim it. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit

12-25-2012 Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord Christmas Gospel Lk 2:1-14

Birth of Jesus 

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122512-mass-at-midnight.cfm

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 

For unto us a child is born…May this little child be reborn in you this day and live forever in your heart. Allow the peace, love and joy that He brought to this earth to live within you. The love of our Lord is freely given to you, remember that always and keep Christmas alive in your heart and  life all year. Don’t let the miracle of Christ’s birth be a yearly event, live the miracle every day. 

God bless you all on this wonderful day. I pray that you and your families have a safe and very Merry and Blessed Christmas! For unto us a child is born… 

Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord

Merry Christmas with Mary-baby

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