December 30, 2015

Dec. 30

December 30, 2015:  6th day in Christmas octave

  • 'Crown' tie bar:  Say, The Lord is king (psalm)
  • 'Children' pin:  I write to you, children, because you know the Father. (1st reading)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  All in the world... enticement for the eyes... is not from the Father. (1st reading)
  • 'Owl' pin:  Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom (gospel)
  • 'Mele Kalikimaka' shirt, No-'L' pin:  Christmas season

  • What is the world to me/ Pferfferkorn tr. Crull:  tunelyrics+ (1st reading)
    Anna in the Temple/ Bacik
  • 1 Jn 2:12-17  Children, your sins have been forgiven.  Fathers, you know Him.  Young men, God's word is in you, and you've conquered the Evil One.  Children, you know the Father.  If you love the world, the Father's love isn't in you; all in the world is not from the Father.  The world is passing away, but if you do God's will, you'll remain.
  • Ps 96:7-10  "Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!"  Praise and worship the Lord; God is king and governs with equity.
  • Lk 2:36-40  Prophetess Anna, 84, worshiped night and day.  She thanked God and spoke about the child.  Joseph, Mary, and Jesus returned to Nazareth; Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom and God's favor.
  • Creighton:  Today’s Gospel tells of Anna after her decades of waiting.  Our faith walk demands patience, attention, and daily spiritual activity.  My thirst to know the Father can only be satisfied by his love dwelling in me.
    Not this Anna
  • One Bread, One Body:  "World war won":  The Lord chose us out of the world, and the world hates us, but we can choose to be the world's friends and God's enemies....
  • Passionist:  I think Jesus came as a baby to show us we have nothing to be afraid of.  Gabriel told Mary and Joseph, “Don't be afraid.”  The angel told the shepherds, “Don't be afraid.”  Jesus told his followers, “Don't be afraid.”  Don't be afraid to talk with God.  Don't be afraid of those who can harm the body but not the soul.  Don't be afraid to speak truth and stand up for justice.  Don't be afraid to follow me....   As babies want to be held and loved.  Jesus came as a baby to tell us he wants our love.  Once you caress a baby, you want to pass it around for others to hold.   Once we hold Jesus, he says, “Give me away to others so that I may bring them joy, and you'll still have me.”
  •  "All who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem":  God puts in us a desire for the kingdom of heaven and eternal life.  Hope grows with prayer and perseverance.  Anna had great hope, expecting  God would fulfill his promises.  Her daily prayer, prophecy, and worship is a model to all of us aging believers.  Advancing age and life's disappointments can make us cynical if we don't hope in God.  We grow in hope by trusting in Christ's promises and relying on the grace and help of the Holy Spirit.

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