Tagged: Prayer in English

UNPREDICTABLE

“In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God.” –John 1:1 The Bible is the most unpredictable book ever written. The first words from God’s Word for the Christmas Day Mass are: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him Who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation” (Is 52:7). When everyone else is thinking about gaudy extravagance, God is talking about beautiful feet. These feet are beautiful because they bring the good news of peace (Is 52:7). After centuries of chaos, we can finally have shalom-peace,...

THE PEACE OF CHRISTMAS

“I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place without further disturbance.” –2 Samuel 7:10 Mass Readings: December 24 First: 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16; Resp: Psalm 89:2-5,27,29; Second: Romans 16:25-27; Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Listen to the Mass Readings The Lord promised David rest from his enemies (2 Sm 7:11). This promise of peace was surprising since violence was David’s “claim to fame” (see 1 Sm 18:7). From cutting off Goliath’s head to setting up Uriah’s murder, David lived an extremely violent life. People must have laughed when they heard David was promised peace. Nevertheless, the promise at first...

BODY PARTS

“Who are you?” –John 1:19 Mass Readings: January 2 First: 1 John 2:22-28; Resp: Psalm 98:1-4; Gospel: John 1:19-28 Throughout this year, we will be continually challenged with the question: “Who are you?” The correct answer is: “I am a part of the body of Christ” (see Rm 12:5; 1 Cor 12:13). Our true identity is based on our relationship with Christ (see Col 2:17). An even better answer is to state the specific part of the body of Christ which you are. For example, John the Baptizer said he was a voice in Christ’s body (Jn 1:23). You may...

FIRST BLOOD

“When the eighth day arrived for His circumcision, the name Jesus was given the child.” –Luke 2:21 Mass Readings: January 1 First: Numbers 6:22-27; Resp: Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8; Second: Galatians 4:4-7; Gospel: Luke 2:16-21 On the eighth day of Christmas, we celebrate the feast of Mary, the Mother of God. On the eighth day of His life, Jesus shed His blood for the first time as He endured circumcision. Mary, His mother, would have been the one who nursed Jesus’ wound, repeatedly washing off His blood during the next few days as the infant Jesus healed. This foreshadows Mary standing at...

THE END OF ANOTHER YEAR OF LOVE

“Of His fullness we have all had a share – love following upon love.” –John 1:16 Every day this year Jesus offered Himself to you in the Eucharist. The Word became flesh (Jn 1:14) and made Himself lovingly available in case you wanted Him. To you, who are “His own, He came” (Jn 1:11). Every day this year, Jesus, “the Word” (Jn 1:1), made His holy word available to you. His love letters to you, the Bible, were constantly present to you in case you wanted to listen to Him. Every day this year, Jesus made sure that your lungs...

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