Full Text of ReadingsSaturday of the Second Week of Advent Lectionary: 186The Saint of the day is Saint Juan DiegoSaint Juan Diego’s Story Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31, 2002, for the canonization of Juan Diego, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in the 16th century. Pope John Paul II celebrated the ceremony at which the poor Indian peasant became the Church's first saint indigenous to the Americas. The Holy Father called the new saint “a simple, humble Indian” who accepted Christianity without giving up his identity as an Indian. “In praising the Indian Juan Diego, I want to express to all of you the closeness of the Church and the pope, embracing you with love and encouraging you to overcome with hope the difficult times you are going through,” John Paul said. Among the thousands present for the event were members of Mexico's 64 indigenous groups. First called Cuauhtlatohuac (“The eagle who speaks”), Juan Diego's name is forever linked with Our Lady of Guadalupe because it was to him that she first appeared at Tepeyac hill on December 9, 1531. The most famous part of his story is told in connection with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. After the roses gathered in his tilma were transformed into the miraculous image of Our Lady, however, little more is said about Juan Diego. In time he lived near the shrine constructed at Tepeyac, revered as a holy, unselfish, and compassionate catechist, who taught by word and especially by example. During his 1990 pastoral visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II confirmed the long-standing liturgical cult in honor of Juan Diego, beatifying him. Twelve years later the same pope proclaimed him a saint. Reflection God counted on Juan Diego to play a humble, yet huge role in bringing the Good News to the peoples of Mexico. Overcoming his own fear and the doubts of Bishop Juan de Zumarraga, Juan Diego cooperated with God's grace in showing his people that the Good News of Jesus is for everyone. Pope John Paul II used the occasion of Juan Diego’s beatification to urge Mexican lay people to assume their responsibilities for passing on the Good News and witnessing to it. Click here for more on Saint Juan Diego! Saint of the Day, Copyright Franciscan Media
Full Text of ReadingsFriday of the Second Week of Advent Lectionary: 185All podcast readings are produced by the USCCB and are from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States _______________________________________The Saint of the day is Saint Juan DiegoSaint Juan Diego’s Story Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31, 2002, for the canonization of Juan Diego, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in the 16th century. Pope John Paul II celebrated the ceremony at which the poor Indian peasant became the Church's first saint indigenous to the Americas. The Holy Father called the new saint “a simple, humble Indian” who accepted Christianity without giving up his identity as an Indian. “In praising the Indian Juan Diego, I want to express to all of you the closeness of the Church and the pope, embracing you with love and encouraging you to overcome with hope the difficult times you are going through,” John Paul said. Among the thousands present for the event were members of Mexico's 64 indigenous groups. First called Cuauhtlatohuac (“The eagle who speaks”), Juan Diego's name is forever linked with Our Lady of Guadalupe because it was to him that she first appeared at Tepeyac hill on December 9, 1531. The most famous part of his story is told in connection with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. After the roses gathered in his tilma were transformed into the miraculous image of Our Lady, however, little more is said about Juan Diego. In time he lived near the shrine constructed at Tepeyac, revered as a holy, unselfish, and compassionate catechist, who taught by word and especially by example. During his 1990 pastoral visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II confirmed the long-standing liturgical cult in honor of Juan Diego, beatifying him. Twelve years later the same pope proclaimed him a saint. Reflection God counted on Juan Diego to play a humble, yet huge role in bringing the Good News to the peoples of Mexico. Overcoming his own fear and the doubts of Bishop Juan de Zumarraga, Juan Diego cooperated with God's grace in showing his people that the Good News of Jesus is for everyone. Pope John Paul II used the occasion of Juan Diego’s beatification to urge Mexican lay people to assume their responsibilities for passing on the Good News and witnessing to it. Click here for more on Saint Juan Diego! Saint of the Day, Copyright Franciscan Media
“I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. Matthew 17:12–13The last of the Old Testament Prophets was Malachi. He concluded his ministry about 400 years prior to the coming of Christ. Malachi prophesied that a “messenger” would come before the Messiah so as to prepare the way before Him. Malachi goes on further to say that “Elijah the Prophet” will come before the day of the Lord (See Malachi 3:1–24).Many of the people at the time of Jesus did not understand this prophecy and were not even aware of it. Therefore, the scribes used this prophecy to confuse many of the people by claiming that since “Elijah” had not come, then clearly Jesus was not the promised Messiah.Jesus clarified to the disciples that the “messenger,” who was to be the new Elijah, had already come in the person of John the Baptist. Thus, in clarifying this, Jesus also clarified that the scribes were not accurate in their attempt to interpret the Scriptures and were actively misleading the people on account of their errors.One thing this tells us is that we must approach the word of God with humility. The pride of the scribes led them to believe that they had some sort of extraordinary wisdom that they did not. Thus, they acted as poor spiritual teachers of the people of God.Humility before the Word of God is essential if we are to properly understand not only the Old Testament prophecies but also the very words of Jesus Himself. Without humility before the Word of God, we can all easily misinterpret the beautiful and holy words spoken by our Lord.Everything in the Scriptures is profound, deep and true. And by this holy Word of God we come to meet God Himself. But if we allow pride to seep in, we may find ourselves imitating the scribes and misunderstanding God's Word. The result will be a skewed image of God which will become an impediment to our personal encounter with our loving Lord. But if we can always remain humble before all that God has revealed to us, then we will more easily be open to those deepest and most beautiful truths God wants to speak to our hearts.Reflect, today, upon any way that you have found yourself confused by the Word of God. Try to humbly open your heart more fully to that which our Lord wants to speak to you. Listen with an open mind and heart and allow the pure gift of faith to become your guide so that you will be led to those deepest truths of our faith.My mysterious and beautiful Lord, You have revealed to us the deepest and most profound mysteries of life through Your written Word. May I always approach Your Word with humility and openness so that I will come to know You more fully. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2022 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
The St. Paul Center's daily scripture reflections from the Mass for Friday of the Second Week of Advent by Dr. John Bergsma. Advent Weekday / Juan Diego, Hermit First Reading: Isaiah 48: 17-19 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 1: 1-2, 3, 4 and 6 Gospel: Matthew 11: 16-19 Learn more about the Mass at www.stpaulcenter.com
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Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.'” Matthew 11:16–17What does Jesus mean when He says “We played the flute for you…” and “we sang a dirge…?” The Church Fathers clearly identify this “flute” and “dirge” as the word of God that has been preached by the prophets of old. So many came before Jesus to prepare the way, but so many failed to listen. John the Baptist was the final and greatest prophet, and he called people to repentance, but few listened. Thus, Jesus points out this sad truth.In our day and age, we have so much more than the prophets of the Old Testament. We have the incredible witness of the saints, the infallible teaching of the Church, the gift of the Sacraments and the life and teaching of the Son of God Himself as recorded in the New Testament. Yet, sadly, so many refuse to listen. So many fail to “dance” and “mourn” in response to the Gospel.We must “dance” in the sense that the gift of Christ Jesus, by His life, death and resurrection should be the cause of our wholehearted rejoicing and eternal adoration. Those who truly know and love the Son of God are filled with joy! Furthermore, we must “mourn” on account of the countless sins in our own lives and in the lives of those all around us. Sin is real and prevalent, and a holy sorrow is the only appropriate response. Salvation is real. Hell is real. And both of these truths demand a total response from us.In your own life, how fully have you allowed the Gospel to affect you? How attentive are you to the voice of God as it has been spoken through the lives of the saints and through our Church? Are you tuned in to the voice of God as He speaks to you in the depths of your conscience in prayer? Are you listening? Responding? Following? And giving your whole life in the service of Christ and His mission?Reflect, today, upon the clear, unmistakable, transforming and life-giving words and presence of the Savior of the world. Reflect upon how attentive you have been in life to all that He has clearly spoken and to His very presence. If you do not find yourself “dancing” for God's glory and “mourning” over the evident sins of your life and within our world, then recommit yourself to a radical following of Christ. In the end, the Truth that God has spoken throughout the ages and His holy and divine presence are all that matter.My glorious Lord Jesus, I acknowledge Your divine presence in my life and in the world all around me. Help me to be more attentive to the countless ways that You speak to me and come to me each and every day. As I discover You and Your holy word, fill me with joy. As I see my sin and the sins of the world, give me true sorrow so that I will work tirelessly to combat my own sin and bring Your love and mercy to those who are most in need. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2022 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
Fr. Tom speaks of how the empty manger can serve as a reminder to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus this Second Week of Advent, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida To support our podcasts, go to https://holyfamilyorlando.com/giving-back/ Holy Family is a vibrant Catholic Parish in SW Orlando near Dr. Phillips, Isleworth, Windermere, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Horizon West, Metrowest. Also, conveniently located near the theme parks (Disney, Universal, SeaWorld) as well as the Orlando Convention Center.
Today's Reading: Table of Duties: To HearersDaily Lectionary: Isaiah 24:1-13; 1 John 1:1-2:14“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” - Hebrews 13:17 Table of Duties: What the Hearers Owe Their PastorsYou know the Third Commandment, right? You keep it every time you enter the sanctuary, right? Sadly, we do not. We do not always hold God's Word sacred and gladly hear and learn it, do we? That is what Luther says we should do. We should want to hear God's Word of salvation for us. That is what your pastor is there for, to proclaim to you God's salvation won for you by Jesus Christ. Stop and listen to the words that he speaks: “...in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ…” The words that he is about to speak are not his words but God's words. In fact, everything that your pastor speaks comes from God. They tell you what God has already said and declared about you. Your pastor has your best interests at heart, that is, you hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, repent of your sins, and be saved. How should we listen to our pastors? We obey them because they are our God-sent pastors who are charged with proclaiming both Law and Gospel to us, absolving us from our sins, and feeding us Christ's body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. They do this because God has called them to the Office of Holy Ministry to bring and declare God's gifts to His people. This task is not taken lightly by them, for they must give an account to God of their actions. We do not want to be a burden on our pastors. We want to make their vocation as easy as possible, even though pastoral ministry is often anything but easy. Just as preaching the Gospel is a good and noble task, so is hearing that Gospel as it is preached to us and placed into our mouths. Bring a smile to your pastor's face by telling him you'll be there Sunday and every Sunday after that, receiving the gifts which God delivers through your called and ordained servant of the Word. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.O holy and most merciful God, You have taught us the way of Your commandments. We implore You to pour out Your grace into our hearts. Cause it to bear fruit in us that, being ever mindful of Your mercies and Your laws, we may always be directed to Your will and daily increase in love toward You and one another. Enable us to resist all evil and to live a godly life. Help us to follow the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to walk in His steps until we shall possess the kingdom that has been prepared for us in heaven; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Collect for Obedience to the Word)- Pastor Jared Tucher serves the dual-parish of St. John – Farmer's Retreat in Dillsboro and St. Paul, Cross Plains, Indiana.Audio Reflections Speaker: Rev. Duane BamschStudy Christ's words on the cross to see how you can show more Christlike grace in your life. Perfect for group or individual study, each chapter has a Q&A at the end, and the back of the book includes a leader guide. Available now from Concordia Publishing House.
Homily for the Monday of the Second Week of Advent Readings for Monday of the Second Week of Advent: First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-26
Fr. Roger J. Landry Columbia Catholic Ministry, Notre Dame Church, Manhattan Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent Memorial of St. Nicholas, Bishop December 6, 2022 Is 40:1-11, Ps 96, Mt 18:12-14 To listen to an audio recording of today's homily, please click here: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/catholicpreaching/12.6.22_Homily_1.mp3 The following points were attempted in the homily: […] The post The Comfort God Is Coming to Give His People, Second Tuesday of Advent, December 6, 2022 appeared first on Catholic Preaching.
Homily for the Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent Readings for Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent: First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 96:1-2, 3 and 10ac, 11-12, 13 Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:12-14
The St. Paul Center's daily scripture reflections from the Mass for Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent by Dr. Shane Owens. Advent Weekday / Nicholas, Bishop First Reading: Isaiah 40: 1-11 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 96: 1-2, 3 and 10ac, 11-12, 13 Gospel: Matthew 18: 12-14 Learn more about the Mass at www.stpaulcenter.com
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28One of the most delightful and healthy activities in life is sleep. This is especially the case when one is able to enter into a deep and refreshing sleep. Upon awakening, the person who has slept deeply feels refreshed and ready for a new day. Of course, the opposite is also true. When sleep is difficult and restless, the person can suffer numerous ill effects, especially when a lack of healthy sleep becomes the norm.The same is true in our spiritual lives. For many people, “spiritual rest” is something foreign to them. They may say a few prayers each week, attend Mass, or even make a holy hour. But unless each one of us enters into a form of prayer that is deep and transforming, we will not be able to experience the interior spiritual rest we need.Jesus' invitation in today's Gospel to “Come to me…” is an invitation to become transformed, interiorly, as we allow Him to relieve us of the burdens of our daily lives. Each day we often face spiritual hardships and challenges, such as temptations, confusions, disappointments, angers and the like. We are often daily bombarded with the lies of the evil one, the hostility of a growing secularized culture and an assault on our senses through the numerous forms of media we daily digest. These and many other things we encounter each and every day will have the effect of wearing us down interiorly on a spiritual level. As a result, we need the spiritual refreshment that comes only from our Lord. We need the spiritual “sleep” that results from deep and revitalizing prayer. And that form of prayer is only possible if we heed Christ's invitation to come to Him with every fiber of our being, surrendering all that we are and all that we encounter each and every day.Reflect, today, upon whether you feel weary at times. Ponder, especially, any mental or emotional weariness. Oftentimes these forms of weariness are actually spiritual in nature and need a spiritual remedy. Seek the remedy our Lord offers you by accepting His invitation to come to Him, deeply in prayer, and rest in His presence. Doing so will help to lift the heavy burdens with which you struggle.My loving Lord, I accept Your invitation to come to You and rest in Your glorious presence. Draw me in, dear Lord, to Your heart that is overflowing with grace and mercy. Draw me into Your presence so that I may rest in You and be delivered from the many burdens of life. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2022 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
Fr. Roger J. Landry Columbia Catholic Ministry, Notre Dame Church, Manhattan Monday of the Second Week of Advent December 5, 2022 Is 35:1-10, Ps 85, Lk 5:17-26 To listen to an audio recording of today's homily, please click below: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/catholicpreaching/12.5.22_Homily_1.mp3 The following points were attempted in the homily: Throughout the first week of Advent, we've […] The post Following Jesus on the Journey of the Redeemed, Second Monday of Advent, December 5, 2022 appeared first on Catholic Preaching.
Monday of the Second Week of Advent Saint of the Day: St. Gerald; appointed choir director of the Cathedral of Toledo, Spain, in the 11th Century; later selected as bishop of Braga, where he eradicated abuses; died December 5, 1109 Office of Readings and Morning Prayer for 12/5/22 Gospel: Luke 5:17-26
Monday of the Second Week of Advent: Invitatory Invitatory Antiphon: Come, let us worship the Lord, the King who is to come. Presentation of the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) from The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) (c) 1975, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. The texts of Biblical Readings are reproduced from the New American Bible © 1975 Background music: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
Monday of the Second Week of Advent Hymn Antiphon: Bow down and hear me Lord; come to my rescue. Psalm 1 Antiphon: Lord, let the light of your countenance shine on your servant. Psalm 1 Antiphon: Blessed be the Lord, for he has poured out his mercy upon me. Psalm 1 Verse: Lord, show us your mercy and love Resp: And grant us your salvation First reading: Is 24:1-18 Responsory: Let the Lord be glorified in your teachings. Second reading: From a treatise on The Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross, priest Responsory: He will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths. Presentation of the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) from The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) (c) 1975, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. The texts of Biblical Readings are reproduced from the New American Bible © 1975 Background music: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel., The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came., and Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, On Jordan's Banks, Come Thou Long Awaited Jesus.
The St. Paul Center's daily scripture reflections from the Mass for Monday of the Second Week of Advent by Dr. Scott Hahn. Advent Weekday First Reading: Isaiah 35: 1-10 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 85: 9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 Gospel: Luke 5: 17-26 Learn more about the Mass at www.stpaulcenter.com
Monday of the Second Week of AdventLk 5:17-26Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,“What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,'or to say, ‘Rise and walk'? But that you may knowthat the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–he said to the one who was paralyzed,“I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”
Stacy & Stacy start out the Second Week of Advent with the Scripture on the paralytic who was lowered to Jesus for healing and the Catechism on the gift of faith. Do you have friends with such faith to care for you when you need it? Do you hear God telling you to pray for your friends? Do you have friends you would trust to lower you on a stretcher down to Jesus for healing? "Believing is an act of the intellect, assenting to divine truth by command of the will." God gives us the grace to believe. Links from This EpisodeCatechism of the Catholic Church, 153-155Monday of the Second Week of Advent
“Jesus said to his disciples: “What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?” Matthew 18:12This Gospel passage goes on to say that the man who finds that one stray sheep “rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.” At first, this might seem unfair. Why not primarily rejoice over the ninety-nine who did not stray? Saint Hillary, in commenting on this passage, interprets the man who sought out the one stray sheep as the Son of God. He left the “ninety-nine,” meaning the glory of the hosts of Heaven, to descend to earth to seek out straying humanity. Humanity as a whole is that one lost sheep. That includes us all.The first thing this interpretation reveals to us is that the Son of God was clearly sent on a mission to seek out each and every one of us after we strayed far from the Father in Heaven. The Father did not sit back and wait for us to return. Rather, He sent the Son on a diligent mission of seeking us out to bring us back into His divine fold.As we reflect upon this passage, it is important to see the zeal and determination of our Lord as He seeks us out. Do you see this in your own life? Sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking that it is primarily our responsibility to seek out God. And though we certainly have this responsibility, our duty is made much easier when we understand how passionately our Lord seeks us out and desires to find us when we stray. Only in Heaven will we fully understand all that our Lord has done to seek us out, day in and day out. But for now, we must strive to understand this spiritual truth so that we will be more open to Jesus' diligent search for us.A second thing this passage reveals is the joy in the Heart of the Son of God every time He finds us and carries us away from our sin. Too often we can fall into the trap of seeing God as a judgmental God who is angry at us and condemning. But if we understand the extent to which the Son of God went, so as to find us when we stray, and if we can understand the joy in His heart upon finding us and carrying us away from sin, then we will more readily open ourselves to Him, to His gentle invitations, and to His merciful Heart every time He comes to us by grace.Reflect, today, upon the great anticipation in the Heart of our Lord as He personally seeks you out. The anticipation is that of joy—the joy that He is filled with as He picks you up and gently carries you back to the Father. Allow this joy in the Heart of our Lord to come to fruition so that you will share in this abundance of joy.My diligent Lord, You seek me out, day and night, never tiring of calling me to return more fully to Yourself. Please help me to fill Your Heart with joy by always responding to Your gentle invitations of love and mercy. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2022 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
Archbishop Lucas and Kris McGregor begin the discussion of the first announcement, more formally known as KERYGMA and the Second Week of Advent The post WM36 – The Second Sunday of Advent and the Kerygma – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.
The St. Paul Center's daily scripture reflections from the Mass for Monday of the Second Week of Advent by Dr. Scott Hahn. Advent Weekday First Reading: Isaiah 35: 1-10 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 85: 9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 Gospel: Luke 5: 17-26 Learn more about the Mass at www.stpaulcenter.com
Today's Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 11:1-12:6; 2 Peter 2:1-22“He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth…” (Isaiah 11:3b-4a)In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. As we prepare for the Nativity of Jesus, as we prepare for the celebration of our Lord coming into creation, we also look ahead to our Lord's Second Coming. What does that mean for us? What will happen? Isaiah gives us a glimpse as to what that will look like for us.As God looks at creation, what does He see? He sees a people who have sinned, not just once, but over and over again. In fact, we are people who are sinners to our very core. It is because of that sin that God can and should destroy us, and yet He doesn't do that. By what His eyes see and His ears hear, there should be every reason for God to exact His wrath upon us. Because of Jesus, He judges the poor with righteousness. We are the poor, the poor in spirit, the poor due to sin. God does not choose to exercise His wrath upon us because Jesus intercedes for us. Jesus comes into creation to plead on our behalf. His life, His death, His resurrection do what is expected of us because we cannot do it. He keeps God's Law in our place. He makes us His holy people by His shed blood which washes over us.When Jesus judges us, He judges us with righteousness and faithfulness, except it's not our righteousness and faithfulness; it is Jesus' righteousness and faithfulness. Jesus is righteous because He is without sin. Jesus is faithful to God's Law in its entirety. By what Jesus does for us, He makes us righteous before God. Instead of God exercising His wrath upon us, He exercises it upon Jesus, the sinless one. Jesus takes our place in this great exchange, where we put on His holiness and righteousness and He puts on our sin. We are judged innocent before God, while Jesus is judged guilty. He takes on everything that would keep us from God and it is purged from us. By Christ's actions, we are declared righteous. Jesus does this because it is the Father's will, that all would be saved. God was not content with sin and so He sends Jesus. As Jesus comes into the world, He seems insignificant by others, looked at as a heretic. Despite what people thought of Jesus, He came to save even them. He comes to give His life as a ransom for all people. Even more, Jesus comes to give His life for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.O come, Thou Dayspring from on high, And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, LSB 357:6)- Pastor Jared Tucher serves the dual-parish of St. John – Farmer's Retreat in Dillsboro and St. Paul, Cross Plains, Indiana.Audio Reflections Speaker: Rev. Duane BamschStudy Christ's words on the cross to see how you can show more Christlike grace in your life. Perfect for group or individual study, each chapter has a Q&A at the end, and the back of the book includes a leader guide. Available now from Concordia Publishing House.
The Second Week of Advent Greeting: Leader: Our King and Savior now draws near. All: O come, let us adore him! Light two Candles Song: O come, O Come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall comes to thee O Israel. Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-19 Romans 15:1-13 Matthew 3:1-12 PRAYER: Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.Amen. https://cityoflightanglican.org/events/advent
Truth of the Spirit invites you to week 2 of Daily Prophetic Words to Prepare the Way of the Lord—Advent Pearls. These prophecies given to Patti Brunner include those shared in her book “Advent Pearls”, originally published and copyrighted in 2006, (used with permission) along with many additions. The purpose of this series is to allow God's people to know that He loves them and to prepare them for the coming of Christ into their hearts. The prophetic words included in this Advent meditation are private revelation and should be discerned according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. https://www.PatriarchMinistries.com/246
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. Luke 5:18–19It's interesting to note that, as the paralyzed man's faith-filled friends lowered him down from the roof in front of Jesus, Jesus was surrounded by Pharisees and teachers of the law “from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem” (Luke 5:17). The religious leaders came in droves. They were among the most educated of the Jews and happened to be among the ones who had gathered to see Jesus speak that day. And it was partly on account of large numbers of them gathering around Jesus that the friends of the paralyzed man could not reach Jesus without this radical move of opening the roof.So what does Jesus do when He sees the paralytic lowered before Him from the roof? He told the paralytic that his sins were forgiven. Sadly, those words were immediately met with severe interior criticism from these religious leaders. They said among themselves, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?” (Luke 5:21).But Jesus knew their thoughts and decided to do one more act for the good of these religious leaders. The first act of Jesus, to forgive the paralytic's sins, was for the good of the paralytic. But the paralytic's physical healing, interestingly, appears to be primarily for these pompous and self-righteous Pharisees and teachers of the law. Jesus heals the man so that they will “know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Luke 5:24). As soon as Jesus performs this miracle, the Gospel tells us that everyone was “struck with awe” and glorified God. Apparently, this included the judgmental religious leaders.So what does this teach us? It shows how deeply Jesus loved these religious leaders despite their exceptional pride and judgmentalism. He wanted to win them over. He wanted them to convert, humble themselves and turn to Him. It's somewhat easy to show love and compassion to one who is paralyzed, rejected, and humiliated already. But it takes an incredible amount of love to also care deeply about the proud and arrogant.Reflect, today, upon the love Jesus had for these religious leaders. Though they came to find fault with Him, falsely judge Him and continually tried to trap Him, Jesus never ceased in His attempts to win them over. As you think about this mercy of our Lord, consider also the person in your life who is most difficult to love, and recommit to loving them with your whole heart in imitation of our divine Lord.My most merciful Lord, give me a heart of forgiveness and mercy for others. Help me, especially, to have a deep concern for those whom I find most difficult to love. In imitation of Your divine mercy, strengthen me to act with a radical love for all so that they will come to know You more deeply. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2022 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
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Evening lessons: Psalm 89:19-51; Isaiah 48; Luke 11:1-28. You spoke in a vision to your saints, and said, "I have set the crown upon one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people."
Morning lessons: Psalm 89:1-18; Ecclesiasticus 34; Acts 27. My song shall be always of the loving-kindness of the Lord; with my mouth will I ever be proclaiming your faithfulness, from one generation to another.