December 2012

Jesus is Born

Monday, December 24, 2012

in Advent 2012

We have come to the time which God had destined from the day of His promise to Adam and Eve.  Jesus is born, incarnate of the Virgin Mary, the one who will crush evil  and bring release to captives , the one who will care for the poor and needy, who will give sight to the blind and strength to the weak.  The one who will shepherd his people Israel into the promised land of God’s kingdom.

Prayer:

Creator of the Universe, God become man in a stable, teach me the meaning of life. Teach me what it means that you became man to show us the way back to the heavenly Father.  Help me to understand that your kingdom is not hereafter, that your kingdom begins here on earth in the hearts of those who follow you.  Let me do my part to make that kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven.  You became human that I might share in your Divinity.  Let it be done to me according to your word.  Amen.

 

Jesus Is Born

Bethlehem

Sunday, December 23, 2012

in Advent 2012

Bethlehem was a small town of no great significance.  It was however, the home of the family of David, the ancestors of Jesus.  It was to Bethlehem that Joseph was called to go by the edict of the Emperor.  And so the prophecy was fulfilled that Bethlehem would truly be the house of bread – the birthplace of the Bread of Life.

Prayer: 

Holy God, It is true that we often judge the importance of things by size or monetary value.  You have a different way of judging importance.  The role we play in life is important, not because of the money we make or the power we have.  It is important because it fulfills your will.  In the eyes of the world, we may always be insignificant, but if we fulfill your purpose, then our role becomes Divine.

 

Bethlehem

John the Baptist

Saturday, December 22, 2012

John’s role was to prepare the way for his cousin.  How would it be to know that you are not the important one?  That you will always walk in the shadow of someone younger than you?  That you will lose your disciples in favor of another?  That you will ultimately lose you head for the [more…]

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Joseph

Friday, December 21, 2012

Joseph had many nights when he was awakened from his dreams with an angel speaking to him.  Joseph was a man of silence, a man committed to God’s will – to charity, hard work and dedication to Mary.  Joseph was entrusted with protecting the holy family, providing for their needs and their safety.  Joseph was [more…]

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Mary

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mary’s response to God’s invitation to be the mother of the Messiah was brief and positive:  “Be it done to me according to your word.”  Fiat – let it be.  Mary could not have imagined in her wildest dreams what it was that she said “yes” to.  She could not anticipate the hardships that she [more…]

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Gabriel

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In all three of the Abrahamic traditions, angels are seen as an aspect or action of God.  Gabriel is God’s messenger who appears both in the Hebrew and the Christian Scriptures. Gabriel is entrusted with the message for Mary that she will be the mother of the  Lord.  Often when angels appear, their first words are “Fear [more…]

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Jonah

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

 God sent Jonah to preach repentance to the Ninevites, but Jonah did not want to see God’s mercy shown to these people.  So he fled from God but was blamed for the harsh weather that was battering his ship.  He was thrown overboard, swallowed by a whale, and spit up on the shores of Ninevah. Finally, giving [more…]

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Daniel

Monday, December 17, 2012

 As a young man, Daniel was known for his ability to read hearts and to know what was true. He was also given the gift to interpret dreams.  He came to the notice of the King when he refused to eat food which had been sacrificed to idols.  He was thrown into a firey furnace [more…]

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Isaiah

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Isaiah is probably the best know of all of the prophets because of his prophecies of the coming Messiah.  When called by God, Isaiah denied his ability telling God that he was a man of unclean lips living among a people of unclean lips.  So God sent an angel with tongs holding burning coals to purify [more…]

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Solomon

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Solomon was David’s son who succeeded him as King of Israel.  He was known as the wisest of men and was sought by the rulers of other nations to give them guidance.  God told Solomon that he could ask for anything as a reward for his goodness.  Instead of asking for wealth or power, Solomon [more…]

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