May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Archive for December, 2014

12-31-2014 The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21

Learn more about the Octave of Christmas: http://liturgicalyear.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/celebrating-the-octave-of-christmas/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123114.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. 

Are you one of Jesus’ number? If so, you know the truth, you know what are lies and do not speak them. Who do you stand with? The time is coming when you will need to take a stand, are you ready? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I stand with you and hopefully always speak your truth. Guide me and lead me your way. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

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12-30-2014 The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:12-17

Learn more about the Octave of Christmas: http://liturgicalyear.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/celebrating-the-octave-of-christmas/

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123014.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 love the things of the world? Are you searching for love “in all the wrong places”? These are not the things of the Lord, they are the things of the world and thus have no value. Pay attention to what John is telling you, it means more than the things of the world. Live forever by living with Christ. His are the only promise you can live by. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your son and the freedom that you have given us. All I ask Lord is that others open their eyes and learn your ways, the way to happiness and wholeness in you alone. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

12-29-2014 The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:3-11

Learn more about the Octave of Christmas: http://liturgicalyear.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/celebrating-the-octave-of-Christmas/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122914.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. 

“The true light is already shining.” Darkness tries it’s best to put out the true light, but nothing will keep the light of Christ from shining. If you say you believe but do not shine with His light, John says you are still in darkness. Let the light of Christ shine in your life and all that you do. Without Him, you are blinded, seek His light and you will be free. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for shedding your light upon me. I was in darkness for years, but thanks to you and your love I am now in the light. May I be the light for others that you ask all believers to be. In Jesus’ holy and precious name, Amen. 

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

12-28-2014 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Gospel Lk 2:22-40

Holy Family 1

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122814.cfm

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. 

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted —and you yourself a sword will pierce— so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.  

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Simeon and Anna had lived their lives praying and studying, waiting to see the Messiah. They recognized Jesus for who He was and spoke the prophecy about Him and His future. If we spend our time studying and praying, we too will know Jesus when He comes. How much time do you spend preparing for the Lord? Will you know Him when He comes? 

Prayer: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” 

The Lord remembers his covenant forever.

12-27-2014 Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4

St. John Apostle

Learn more about St. John the Apostle: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=228

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122714.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. 

That is why Jesus was born as a baby, so He could be one of us and with us. Is your joy complete? Have you embraced the child? Come to His home and accept the gift He has brought you – the gift of love, joy and happiness. There is nothing that can surpass what He will do with your life if you just invite Him in. Do not wait, ask Him now. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son. You brought light and life into the world and into my life. I am ever thankful and joyful that I was open to your gift! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

12-26-2014 Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

St. Stephen 2

Learn more about St. Stephen, the First Martyr:  http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=137

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122614.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.”

Are you like Saul (Paul) who was holding the cloaks of those who disbelieved what Stephen was saying? Do you argue against the truth or are you like Stephen and proclaim it? He was rewarded by a vision from God. Will you be?

Prayer: We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to thy Son Jesus Christ, who stands at the right hand: where he lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting, Amen. 

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

12-25-2014 The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Gospel Lk 2:1-14

Nativity

Link to all of today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122514.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.” 

Joy to the Lord, He has come!! What a glorious day, the Lord is born, the Son is given unto us! Rejoice and be glad for your salvation came today. The infant Jesus is beckoning with His open arms. 

A Prayer for Christmas Morning – (Henry Van Dyke 1852-1933) 

The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and good will. Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen 

Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.

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