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December 2019

Dec 9

Dec. 9, 2019

Lk 1:26-38 Humility, fidelity, grace, all beautiful attributes of this young woman whom God chose for a special role in salvation. Her son will “be called holy.” After the initial news, the angel tells Mary about Elizabeth’s miraculous conception, an impossibility made possible by God. From the beginning you have taught us what...
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Dec 8

Dec. 8, 2019

Mt 3:1-12 John prepares the way for Jesus. His message is harsh and directed in this Gospel to the self-righteous sceptics, the Sadducees and Pharisees. His forcefulness is balanced by his humility when he subordinates himself to Jesus. Do we even know what justice and peace looks like, feel like in a world where injustice and war prevail?...
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Dec 7

Dec. 7, 2019

Mt 9:35—10:1, 5A, 6-8 Jesus continues to demonstrate his power as a healer, moved by the people gathered. They are like sheep without a shepherd and there is a shortage of workers to care for them. It is time to send the disciples on the mission and Jesus gives them authority over disease and demons. Just as you called and sent the...
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Dec 6

Dec. 6, 2019

Mt 9:27-31 By their faith sight is restored to these two men. They seek him out clearly knowing that he has the power to heal them. When asked if they think Jesus can do what they have asked, they respond affirmatively. By their faith they are healed. There are so many times that you enlighten the eyes of my mind and heart and I...
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Dec 5

Dec. 5, 2019

Mt 7:21, 24-27 These sayings give attention to the relationship between word and action. Calling God’s name is not enough. A true disciple must listen to the will of God and act accordingly. That firm foundation laid on rock as opposed to sand will withstand anything. I am thankful that you have shown me that it is not enough to know about...
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Dec 4

Dec. 4, 2019

Mt 15:29-37 Jesus performs many miracles on the mountain that day not the least of which is the multiplication of the loaves and fish, enough to feed 4,000 people with leftovers. Jesus’ compassion causes him to satisfy their physical hunger as well as their spiritual need. The words of the 23rd Psalm are a constant reminder of your love...
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Dec 3

Dec. 3, 2019

Lk 10:21-24 Jesus’ prayer to his Father is born of the exuberance he feels at the return of the 72. They share with him their joy at the success of their mission. Jesus turns to God in prayer and praise for God’s letting these “little ones” see and hear what others cannot. “On that day” justice and mercy will...
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Dec 2

Dec. 2, 2019

Mt 8:5-11 In this memorable exchange between the centurion and Jesus, the Roman soldier offers with humility and understanding a beautiful expression of faith. That he would speak about the similarities in their role as leaders is astounding and worthy of Jesus’ acknowledging his faith and healing his servant. Because of my weakness and...
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Dec 1

Dec.1, 2019

Mt 24:37-44 Jesus teaches using parables that describe the suddenness of the coming of the Son of Man in this part of his eschatological discourse. First is the parable contrasting Noah and those of his generation, followed by the two men in the field, the women working at the mill and the homeowner. Each scenario emphasizes that it is always...
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