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12-31-2013 The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas Gospel Jn 1:1-18

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123113.cfm

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 

He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him. 

But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God. 

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth. 

John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him. 

We start a new year and this is your chance to start a new life. We need to be like John and testify to the light of Christ. His words are from the Father, if you believe that, then you must testify to Christ in your life. If you do not believe, why do you deny the truth? Is the loss of eternal life worth your disbelief? Be safe this new year, start at the beginning and learn the truth. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity for a new beginning – again! I want to testify to the light of your Son and bring His message to all who deny you. Give me the strength and courage to do as you ask, to get rid of the crutch that keeps me from you. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

12-30-2013 The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:12-17

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123013.cfm

I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven for his name’s sake. 

I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. 

I am writing to you, young men, because you have conquered the Evil One. 

I write to you, children, because you know the Father. 

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. 

I write to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God remains in you, and you have conquered the Evil One. 

Do not love the world or the things of the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away.  But whoever does the will of God remains forever. 

Do you not see that the enticement’s of the world are fast passing away? Do you not see the remnant standing for God and His will? Who will you join? What can the world hold for you that the Lord will not give you a hundred fold? Make your choice while you can. Your soul is at stake. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, my world is you. All that you have to give, I want. May I always desire you and not what the world offers me. Do not allow me to be deceived by the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

 

 

 

 

12-29-2013 Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Gospel Mt 2:13-15, 19-23

Flight to Egypt

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122913.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 had died, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” He rose, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go back there. And because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee. He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, He shall be called a Nazorean. 

Joseph was the protector of Jesus. He listened to the Lord speaking to him in dreams. By doing this, he kept the infant Jesus and Mary safe. He did what the Lord wanted so that the prophecies would be fulfilled. Can we say the same? Do you listen and protect Jesus from those who would like to kill His memory? Do you with stand with Joseph or are you the one pursuing him? Only you can answer that question. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift you gave us in Joseph. The perfect example of what an earthly father should be. May I always look to Joseph for help in my journey with Jesus.  In Jesus’ holy name, Amen 

Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

12-28-2013 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs Gospel Mt 2:13-18

Holy Innocents 2

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122813.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. 

The holy martyrs were children who gave their life for Christ. They did not know Him, they did not know why they were dying. But we honor them today because they were murdered in the pursuit of Jesus. Again Joseph listened to the word of God and moved his family out of harm’s way. Do you hear the voice of God? Do you even listen for it? Would you listen and obey? Consider and choose wisely. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that I always listen for your voice and obey your directions. These children died to save Our Lord, thank you for the gift they gave to us. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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

12-27-2013 Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4

 St. John the Theologian

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122713.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. 

“So that our joy may be complete” What a beautiful promise we are given here. When we see with the eyes of Christ and touch with His hands, we will know eternal life. The word has been proclaimed to us, do we proclaim to others? Do you show your joy and pass it on to others? Do they know where your joy is from? Tell them, tell them why you are so joyful, tell them where your hope – and theirs comes from. If you have not, do it now. Do not be fearful, trust in the Lord and all His promises. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your word, thank you for your joy, thank you for all that you have done in my life. May I never forget to share with others the source of my joy – you! In Jesus’ name, Amen! 

Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

12-26-2013 Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

St. Stephen 2

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122613.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.” 

When people do not want to hear the truth, they lash out at the bearer of the words. The truth came in the form of Jesus, first as a little child then as a sacrifice for our sin. People have a hard time accepting that. When they do wrong, and know it is wrong, they take out their fear and anger on the person who speaks that truth. Who do you fear? What makes you angry? Take a look at yourself and see why. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, May I never fear your words of truth. Help me to have the strength of Stephen to stand up for you and always preach your words. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

12-25-2013 Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord Christmas Gospel Lk 2:1-14

Nativity

  Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122513-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.” 

May the peace and love that this child brought into the world be yours this day and always. Keep His love and joy in your heart and you will never be alone. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son. May I always be worthy of that gift and keep your joy in my heart always.  

Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.

Merry Christmas

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