I will “remove from your midst the proud braggarts.” –Zephaniah 3:11
“I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly.” –Zephaniah 3:12

Mass Readings: December 13
First: Zephaniah 3:1-2,9-13; Resp: Psalm 34:2-3,6-7,17-19,23; Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32

To deprive yourself of Christmas:

  • be rebellious (Zep 3:1),
  • accept “no correction” (Zep 3:2),
  • be a proud braggart (see Zep 3:11),
  • “exalt yourself” (Zep 3:11),
  • have “a deceitful tongue” (Zep 3:13), and
  • refuse to repent.

To meet Christ in a new way this Christmas:

  • trust in the Lord (Zep 3:2),
  • draw near to God (Zep 3:2),
  • “change and purify” your lips (Zep 3:9),
  • “call upon the name of the Lord” (Zep 3:9),
  • “serve Him with one accord” (Zep 3:9),
  • bring Him offerings (Zep 3:10),
  • be “humble and lowly” (Zep 3:12),
  • “take refuge in the name of the Lord” (Zep 3:12),
  • “do no wrong” (Zep 3:13),
  • pasture and care for God’s people (see Zep 3:13), and
  • “repent and believe in Him” (see Mt 21:32).

“Prepare the way of the Lord” (Mt 3:3; Is 40:3).

PRAYER: Father, prepare me for the best Christmas ever.

PROMISE: “When John came preaching a way of holiness, you put no faith in him.” –Mt 21:32

PRAISE: St. Lucy refused to renounce Jesus, and was condemned to die in a house of prostitution. Jesus made her immovable, such that even a team of oxen was unable to drag her to the brothel.

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