December 4, 2014

Dec. 4

December 4, 2014:  Thursday, 1st week, Advent


1st reading

  • 'Rock' tie pin:  The Lord is an eternal Rock. (1st reading); wise man built his house on rock (gospel)
  • Purple shirt:  Advent season
  • 'Medical' pin (For now, see here.  Holy Tony, look around; it's lost and gotta be found):  St. John Damascene, 'doctor' of the Church
House built on rock
vs. house built on sand

  • Is 26:1-6  In Judah they'll sing:  “God sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.  Let in a just nation, one that trusts in you.”  Trust in the Lord, an eternal Rock!  He humbles those in high places; the poor and needy trample the lofty city.
  • Ps 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a  "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."  The Lord is good; his mercy endures forever.  Take refuge in the Lord.  I'll enter the gates of justice and thank the Lord who answered and saved me.  The Lord has given us light.
    ...Too bad its word cloud
    is hardly recognizable
  • Mt 7:21, 24-27  “Only the one who does the will of my Father will enter the Kingdom.  “Everyone who acts on these words will be like one who built his house on rock, but those who don't will be like fools who built on sand.
    • Creighton:  When God doesn't answer me on my terms, I'm tempted to choose my own way, but following God's will means being open to his direction, waiting patiently, and accepting with thanks his path.
    • One Bread One Body:  As a mother has nine months to prepare for her baby, so we have Advent to prepare the way of the Lord in our life.  Where am I giving Jesus lip-service instead of life-service?
    • Passionist:  On December 26 all Christmas music, and the Christmas spirit, ends.  During Advent let's reflect on how we treat others all year, how we put our faith and love into practice.
    •  In the ancient world, a strong city or house was built on rock to withstand nature and foe.  God is “everlasting rock,”rock of refuge and deliverance (Ps 18:2), the rock in whom there's no wrong (Ps 92:15).  The foundation on which we build our lives determines how we'll survive storms.  I can only prove my sincerity and character by my choices and deeds.  Am I honest and trustworthy before God, others, and myself?

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