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Daily Reading and Prayer

December 2018

Dec 31

December 31, 2018

John 1:1-18 In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus’ origin is in history, humanly conceived by God’s Spirit. John leads the reader to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ identity. Christ’s origin is in eternity, divinely pre-existing. He is the Word of God. The gospel passage today opens my mind and heart to the depth and breadth...
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Dec 30

December 30, 2018

Luke 2:41-52 This is the only glimpse we have into Jesus’ childhood. Though it is an experience for Mary and Joseph that any parent would dread, it is for the Holy Family a sign of what is to come. Jesus returns to his Father’s house. The first time in Jerusalem, Simeon offered insight into Jesus’ mission. On this visit, though...
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Dec 29

December 29, 2018

Luke 2:22-35 Mary and Joseph travel with Jesus to Jerusalem to present him in the Temple, fulfilling the prescriptions of Jewish law. Simeon, a faithful, humble Jewish man, has been in the Temple waiting for the Messiah. He takes the child and, filled with the Holy Spirit, amazes his parents by telling them that Jesus is the “light to the...
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Dec 28

December 28, 2018

Matthew 2:13-18 Again, the angel appears to Joseph in a dream. He tells him that he must take his family and leave because of the impending threat to the life of Jesus. Without hesitation Joseph takes his family to Egypt, no longer a place of captivity but a place of refuge. We pray for all families, parents and children, who find it necessary...
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Dec 27

December 27, 2018

John 20:1A and 2-8 The reaction of each person varies as he comes to believe that the Lord has risen. Mary initially thinks his body has been stolen. Peter is confused. Later in the chapter we see that Thomas wants physical evidence. John, the beloved disciple, believes with little or no concrete proof. John the Evangelist is using the reaction...
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Dec 26

December 26, 2018

Matthew 10:17-22 The first deacon, Stephen, comes in conflict with the Greek-speaking Jews. They are no match for his wisdom but ultimately put him to death. There are several parallels between his final days/hours and Jesus’, including his last words, through which he commends his spirit to the Lord. Let us pray for all those men and...
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Dec 25

December 25, 2018

John 1:1-18 The Prologue of John’s Gospel presents in 18 verses the essence of all 21 chapters. The three words that introduce this Gospel also introduce Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, “In the beginning…” One of the major themes John uses is light. Lord, help me to remember that, no matter how dark it...
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Dec 24

December 24, 2018

Matthew 1:18-25 History has been moving toward this moment of Jesus’ birth. Though conceived and born in most unusual and humble circumstances, he is God with us. As we have prepared for the celebration of your being with us in time, we must be mindful of the need to prepare for your return. This content comes to you from Our Sunday...
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Dec 23

December 23, 2018

Luke 1:39-45 We hear the story of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth for a second time this Advent season. For Elizabeth and her unborn son, the Visitation is a first encounter with God’s son; for Mary, it is the time and place for her to glorify the Lord. In this encounter we see clearly proud human expectations overthrown and the lowly...
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Dec 22

December 22, 2018

Luke 1:46-56 Mary’s canticle is a collection of quotations and imagery from the Old Testament poetically woven together to express joy in the coming of the Lord. All human expectation is turned upside down. Jesus fills the hungry and exalts the lowly. He is God’s mercy. Dearest Mother, it is because of you and through your humble...
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Dec 21

December 21, 2018

Luke 1:39-45 Two mothers-to-be embrace, and one child senses the presence of another greater than he, the reason for his existence. It is a tender, human moment made sacred by the power of the Holy Spirit. Lord, you initiate encounters with you again and again in both ordinary and extraordinary moments. Help us to recognize those moments. This...
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