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Archive for December, 2017

12-31-2017 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Reading 1 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14

Holy Family 3

Learn more about the Holy Family: http://www.catholic.org/news/hf/family/story.php?id=44237

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123117.cfm

God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and preserves himself from them. When he prays, he is heard; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children, and, when he prays, is heard. Whoever reveres his father will live a long life; he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him; revile him not all the days of his life; kindness to a father will not be forgotten, firmly planted against the debt of your sins—a house raised in justice to you.

God created a family, mother, father, children, to live in His image, by His laws. We cannot change what God has done, we cannot create a family the way we think it should be. His ways are perfect and have reason. When we go against that, we go against reason. He also admonishes us to take care of the elderly in our family. Not try to hurry their death or abuse them. Going against God goes against what is right and natural. What do you believe? In what God creates or man tries to recreate?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you gave us a family to love and protect us, to show us how to live in and with you. Thank you for the family you have given to me and I pray that the eyes of others may be open to your design. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

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

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12-30-2017 The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas Gospel Lk 2:36-40

Learn more about the Octave of Christmas: http://www.thecatholicconnection.org/?p=2180

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123017.cfm

There was 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.

She spent her time in prayer and in the presence of God. Because of that she recognized Jesus when she saw Him, even as a baby. Do you recognize your Savior in that tiny child? If you will spend time with God and His word, you will. If not, your eternity is in jeopardy.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your Son, your word made flesh. In sending Him to us, you saved us. I pray that others see what you have done and come home. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

 

12-29-2017 The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:3-11

Learn more about the Octave of Christmas: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11204a.htm

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122917.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.

People who hate others in the name of God are not acting according to what Jesus teaches. They are lying to themselves and to others. We are told by God to love one another. That means those closest to us, especially. If there is someone in your family or life that you are angry with, you are walking in darkness, not the light of the Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try to see you in everyone in my life. I am not always successful and I pray that you forgive me when I fail. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

12-28-2017 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs Gospel Mt 2:13-18

Holy Innocents 2

Learn more about the Holy Innocents: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/holy-innocents/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122817.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.

From the time He was born someone wanted Him dead, so we honor these young martyrs who died for the Lord. Joseph trusted the words of the angel as coming from the Lord and did as he was told. Do you trust what the Lord tells you? Do you hear the Lord when He speaks to you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I trust that you will not lead me to a place where you will not be. You lead me in truth and honor. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

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

12-27-2017 Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4

St. John Apostle

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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122717.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 wrote so that we might know the truth. That we might join with them and our joy will be complete. He wrote what he saw and knew. He wrote the truth. Do you believe what he wrote?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth has entered my heart and my mind and has brought me more joy than I ever knew. In Jesus’ name, I give you praise, Amen!

Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

12-26-2017 Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

St. Stephen 2

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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122617.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.”

The truth is never popular, but filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen spoke it loudly and clearly. Because of that he was hated. And in their anger, they stoned him. But they did not suppress the truth. It lives today. Do you listen? Are you like Stephen and willing to die for the truth of Jesus? Or are you the one throwing the stones?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth is eternal! Thank you for being persistent in your pursuit of my heart. In Jesus’ name, I give you all the glory!

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

12-25-2017 The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Gospel Lk 2:1-14

Nativity

Learn more about Christmas: https://www.thoughtco.com/christmas-important-christian-holiday-542467

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122517-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.”

The news was not announced to kings and princes, it was announced to the lowliest people. He came so that all might have life. He came for you and for me. Rejoice that your Savior came for you. Glory to God in the Highest!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son for me. I earnestly pray that the hearts of unbelievers will be touched by that little baby and come home to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.

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