Posted on 01/3/2019 05:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
John the Baptist’s Testimony to Jesus John 1:29-34 Jesus is the one John has been talking about, the one for whom he has been preparing the people. He calls him a sacrificial lamb. By offering himself, he will make reparation for sins. John goes on to testify that he saw the Spirit of God come down upon Jesus and remain in him. He is the Son of God, and this is the dawn of a new creation. Prayer: John prepared the way for you. We have been called to do the same, but it seems such a daunting task in the world today. St. John, pray for us.
Posted on 01/2/2019 05:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
John the Baptist’s Testimony to Himself John 1:19-28 John knows his place and points the way to the truth for all to see. He tells the priests and Levites that he is not the true teacher but, like the prophets, a witness to the Messiah. Prayer: I am reminded that, in anything I do for you, I must do so knowing that I am merely a messenger. You are the message.
Posted on 01/1/2019 05:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Visit of the Shepherds/The Circumcision and Naming of Jesus Luke 2:16-21 The shepherds are a lowly group of people considered ignorant in the society of the time. And yet it is they who understand that the news from the heavenly host is from God. Mary quietly and humbly reflects on all that is taking place. On the eighth day her son is given the name, Jesus, the name given her by the angel. Prayer: Dearest Mother, I wonder what you were thinking. I imagine your thoughts did not revolve around a “to do” list but rather the glory of God.
Posted on 12/31/2018 05:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Prologue John 1:1-18 In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus’ origin is in history, humanly conceived by God’s Spirit. John leads the reader to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ identity. Christ’s origin is in eternity, divinely pre-existing. He is the Word of God. Prayer: The gospel passage today opens my mind and heart to the depth and breadth of who you are. Though you are infinite and eternal, you became flesh and dwelt with us. One day I pray to dwell with you, in your infinite love for all eternity.
Posted on 12/30/2018 05:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Boy Jesus in the Temple Luke 2:41-52 This is the only glimpse we have into Jesus’ childhood. Though it is an experience for Mary and Joseph that any parent would dread, it is for the Holy Family a sign of what is to come. Jesus returns to his Father’s house. The first time in Jerusalem, Simeon offered insight into Jesus’ mission. On this visit, though only twelve, Jesus proclaims the meaning of his life. Prayer: We pray for all parents who are mindful of their role in preparing their children for the world. We pray especially for parents at the moment they face the inevitable “letting go.”