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December 2018

Dec 10

December 10, 2018

Luke 5:17-26 This is not the first conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees, nor will it be the last. They are fixated on his claim to have authority by his words and works. The friends of the man who is paralyzed stand in contrast to the Pharisees. The lengths to which they are willing to go signify not only their care for their friend, but...
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Dec 9

December 9, 2018

Luke 3:1-6 Luke sets the stage by giving the context into which the Messiah would be born. John serves as the bridge from the Old Testament prophets to the new. He prepares the way from the Exodus to the return to Israel to the coming of the Messianic Kingdom. This is one of so many reminders that we must hold on to hope even in the darkest of...
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Dec 8

December 8, 2018

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). Dearest Mother, it did not matter what you knew. You...
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Dec 7

December 7, 2018

Matthew 9:27-31 Matthew’s account of Jesus’ restoring sight to the blind combines the two stories in Mark. The men call him Son of David, which clearly says something about their understanding of who he is and their faith in his ability to heal them. They are healed because of their faith. I do believe, most of the time. I want to...
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Dec 6

December 6, 2018

Matthew 7:21, 24-27 The Gospel begins with Jesus’ clear instruction about hearing and doing, word and action. He uses the parable of the two foundations to illustrate the point. The foolish man might listen to God, but the wise man acts on what he has heard. You are my foundation, as solid as they come. When I am foolish and allow myself...
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Dec 5

December 5, 2018

Matthew 15: 29-37 In this gospel Jesus feeds another large crowd of people (14:13-21) with words and gestures that carry Eucharistic overtones. Many people with all kinds of maladies are brought to Jesus and healed. He sees that the people are hungry. His care and concern for their physical needs compel him to provide food through a miracle. The...
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Dec 4

December 4, 2018

Luke 10:21-24 Jesus offers a prayer of gratitude to his Father for the joy of the seventy-two on their return from their mission. After his time in prayer he turns to the disciples and tells that the source of their joy must not be the power they might hold. Rather their openness and trust in God has allowed them to experience the kingdom on...
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Dec 3

December 3, 2018

Matthew 8:5-11 The story of the healing of the centurion’s servant is extraordinary in a couple of ways. The soldier is in command of one hundred men yet surprisingly concerned about the one who serves him. He is a non-Jew who not only enters into direct dialogue with Jesus but addresses him as Lord. This is a story of compassion, of the...
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Dec 2

December 2, 2018

Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36 Jesus tells his disciples that there are signs pointing to the coming of the Son of Man. The shaking of the cosmic forces will cause those who do not believe to panic. They must stand firm and ready for God’s deliverance, much like the people of the Exodus. There are so many signs today that might lead us to despair....
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Dec 1

December 1, 2018

Luke 21:34-36 Jesus speaks again about vigilance and cautions the disciples about the traps of daily life, especially the temptation to seek relief from their anxiety in ways that will take them off course. There are times when I allow anxiety to take over, and as a result I seek escape, not through you, Lord, but through ways that keep me from...
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