• December 18, 2018 – Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent
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    The Birth of Jesus Matthew 1:18-25 The infancy narrative in Matthew’s Gospel is an extension of the genealogy. Through Joseph, Jesus is part of the Davidic line. By God’s grace, Joseph accepts Mary as his wife, and with her the responsibility of raising the child Jesus. Prayer: Advent will soon end, heralding the beginning of the Christmas season. I commit to remembering that I must continue to prepare for Jesus’ return. […]

  • December 17, 2018 – Monday of the Third Week of Advent
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    The Genealogy of Jesus Matthew 1:1-17 The prologue of Matthew’s Gospel begins with the genealogy of Jesus. His place is established within the Jewish tradition, as the son of David and Abraham. His birth is the climax of the history of Israel and the fulfillment of prophecy in the Old Testament. Prayer: In these final days of Advent, we are reminded that you, O Lord, are not only the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies but the one for whom all the world waits. […]

  • December 16, 2018 – Third Sunday of Advent
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    The Preaching of John the Baptist Luke 3:10-18 The crowds, tax collectors, and soldiers question John about what they should do to be worthy in the eyes of God. This beautiful gospel is a moment of triumph for John. He answers their question and tells them good news about the one who is yet to come. Prayer: Amid the sorrow and suffering in the world, I am reminded that there is good reason to rejoice always in what is and what is to come. […]

  • December 15, 2018 – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent
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    The Coming of Elijah Matthew 17:9A, 10-13 Jesus tells the disciples that John the Baptist’s mission did in fact fulfill the expectations of those looking for Elijah to return, but he was not recognized. In the same way, the Son of Man is not recognized and will suffer and die like John. Prayer: Lord, I am thankful to see you in your Word and sacrament. I pray to be able to see you in others, especially those who choose not to see or hear, whose hearts are hardened. […]

  • December 14, 2018 – Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church
    on December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Jesus’ Testimony to John, cont’d Matthew 11:16-19 Jesus is frustrated by the hypocrisy of the people. He tells the crowd their behavior is like that of petulant children. John is judged and rejected for his ascetic ways, and Jesus is rejected for keeping company with the people, especially those shunned by society. In the end the ways of both John and Jesus will prove to be pleasing to God. Prayer: St. John, you said that we will be judged on how well we have loved in our lives. Pray for me that I love always in a way pleasing to God. […]