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Archive for December, 2018

12-31-2018 Gospel JN 1:1-18

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123118.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.

John proclaimed Christ to the world. He knew who he was – the herald, not the savior. He accepted his position and no matter what people tried to make of him, he knew he was the herald. And that is what we should be doing. A herald to the world of the saving power of God. Do you proclaim Him? Do you tell people about what He has done in your life? That is your job, a herald. Are you willing to do it?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am honored to proclaim your word, your glory and all that you have done in my life. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you all the honor and praise, Amen.

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

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12-30-2018 Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Reading 1 SIR 3:2-6, 12-14

Holy Family 1

Learn more about the Feast of the Holy Family: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2016-12-30

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123018.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.

A lesson for us all today. We no longer honor our parents and elders. They are considered a burden and many people are proposing euthanasia as a way to relieve the “burden” of the old. How do you feel? Is this a way out or should we listen to our Lord and honor those who are older? Take care of them when they need help? Who in your life can you help out? Are you willing or do you think murder is the way out?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I age, I yearn to be close to you, but I want it to be in your time, not hurried along by an impatient society. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

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

12-29-2018 Reading 1 1 JN 2:3-11

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122918.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 Jesus, Pastors, Churches, people that would not think of staying away from church on Sunday, but they condone abortion, same sex marriage, genderism, all things against the law of God. How can you claim to know Christ and still follow the world in these things? Do you truly know, believe and follow Christ or is it all superficial, following the world? Your eternity depends on your answer.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe what you teach and do not follow what the world teaches. I pray, and I feel sad for those who refuse to believe and follow you. In Jesus’ holy name I give you glory, Amen.

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

12-28-2018 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/122818.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. 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.

Murder has always been the way of despots and madmen. They seek to rule by fear and intimidation. Sound familiar. Today when we talk about ending abortion the fear and intimidation begin, it is claimed that people who oppose them are evil. Joseph listened to the Lord and took his family away. Are you listening to the Lord? Taking your instructions from Him or from the world?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, loving you and your life is most important in my life. Without you, life means nothing. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

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

 

12-27-2018 Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist Reading 1 1 JN 1:1-4

St. John Apostle

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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122718.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 what he, and the others, saw and heard from Jesus. We are called by Our Lord to be an evangelist in our own world. Who do you tell your story too? Who do you share the love of God with? Who have you evangelized? If no one, why not? Do you not believe?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I tell your story of grace and love in my life whenever I can. Your story is my story in my life. Thank you for all that you have done, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

12-26-2018 Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr, Reading 1 ACTS 6:8-10; 7:54-59

St. Stephen 2

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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122618.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.”

Early on, people chose murder and torture when they did not agree with the message. But Stephen was so filled with the Lord that He kept on, without fear. We all need to be like Stephen, filled with the love of God and proclaiming without fear His word. Are you like Stephen? Would you be accused of being a Catholic?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your grace fills me with a zeal to proclaim your word, your grace and your mercy. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray that if I am in Stephens shoes I can be as brave and faithful as he was, Amen.

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

12-25-2018 The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Gospel JN 1:1-18

Holy Family 2

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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122518-day.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 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 Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.

The Word became flesh when Jesus was born. God loved us so much, His Son became human. What a gift we were given that night. Do you embrace Him? Love came to earth on this day. Accept Him and find peace.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you gave us the greatest gift the world has ever seen. Your grace is overwhelming and beautiful, Amen.

All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

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