• December 11, 2017 – Monday of the Second Week of Advent
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    The Healing of the Paralytic Luke 5:17-26 The friends of the man who is paralyzed go to great lengths to get him through the crowds to Jesus. Jesus acknowledges their faith, forgives their sins, and heals their friend. It is Jesus’ statement of forgiveness that causes the religious leaders to question his authority. Prayer: I see with my eyes incredible things every day. It is when I see with the eyes of my soul that I am overwhelmed by your love. […]

  • December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent
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    The Preaching of John the Baptist Mark 1:1-8 Mark’s Gospel opens with a powerful statement about Jesus. He is the Son of God. In a sense Mark begins with the end in mind since few will recognize Jesus during his ministry. Unlike Matthew and Luke, he bypasses the infancy narratives and takes the reader to Jesus’ adult life through John the Baptist. Prayer: Help me to help others see that “preparing the way” for you has far greater implications than our human and limited celebration of your Incarnation. Through your glorious return, we will celebrate for all eternity. […]

  • December 9, 2017 – Saturday of the First Week of Advent
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    The Compassion of Jesus/The Mission of the Twelve/The Commissioning of the Twelve Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5A, 6-8 While continuing to heal the people, Jesus is deeply moved by their innermost needs. They are like sheep without a shepherd or a harvest without workers to bring in the crops. It is time to send the disciples on his Father’s mission. Jesus commissions them and sends them out to minister to the needs of the people. Prayer: Just as you called and sent the disciples, you call and send me. I am excited to be part of your missionary work, Lord. Give me all I need to do your will. […]

  • December 8, 2017 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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    Announcement of the Birth of Jesus Luke 1:26-38 Mary is our model of Christian discipleship. With great humility she says yes physically and spiritually. “At the message of the angel, the Virgin Mary received the word of God in her heart and in her body, and gave life to the world.” (Constitution on the Church, 53) Prayer: Lord, I pray for humility and the willingness to go where you say I must go. […]

  • December 7, 2017 – Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
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    The True Disciple/The Two Foundations Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Today’s gospel begins with how action must follow words. Jesus tells his disciples that it is not enough just to know who he is. It is their relationship with him that spurs them to action. Both word and deed are necessary to lay the firm foundation for gaining entry to the kingdom. Prayer: I am thankful that you showed me it is not enough to know about you. It is in knowing you that I find the desire to invite others to do the same. […]