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Thursday, second week of Advent (St. John of the Cross)

December 14, 2017

JMJ

Blessed St. John of the Cross’ Day!

You can find his story here.

Readings:
I Corinthians 2:1-10 (I resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ, crucified)
Psalm 37: 3-6, 30-31 “The mouth of the just man murmurs wisdom”
+ Luke 14:25-33 (Whoever does not renounce all of his possessions cannot be My disciple)

How rich
are those
replete
with suffering,
who hang
beside the Savior
on their cross,
expecting nothing
but His power
to sustain them
while they share
His noble state.

Am I schooled in the wisdom that finds meaning in suffering?
Do I value anything more highly than following Jesus–all the way to the Cross?

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Wednesday, Second Week of Advent (St. Lucy)

December 13, 2017

JMJ

Blessed St. Lucy’s Day!

You can find her story here.

The winter Ember Days are on their way!
(next week Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

You can read more about those here.

Readings:
2 Corinthians 10:17-11:2 (I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ)
Psalm 31: 3-4, 6, 8, 16-17 “Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit”
+ Matthew 25:1-13 (Parable of the wise and foolish virgins)

I’ve been entrusted
to the Groom–
this oil
is not mine to give
but His,
and I’ll defend it
with my life.

Do I live as though I belong to Christ?
Do I give what is not mine to give?

Tuesday, second week of Advent (Our Lady of Guadalupe)

December 12, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Readings:
Since Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas,
the readings today are specific for the feast for us:

Zechariah 2:14-17 (God is coming to dwell among us)
OR: Revelation 11:19, 12:1-6, 10 (the ark of the covenant: a woman clothed with the sun)
Judith 15:9, 13:18, 19 “You are the highest honor of our race”
+ Luke 1:26-38 (the Annunciation)
OR: + Luke 1:39-45 (the Visitation)

The virgin
braved the dragon
to give birth

and God came through!

Will I, in my weakness, brave the dragon to let God come through me?
…to let Him come through for me?

Monday, Second Week of Advent (St. Damasus)

December 11, 2017

JMJ

Blessed St. Damasus’ Day!

St.Damasus

You can find his story here.

Readings:
Acts 20: 17-18, 28-32, 36 (Keep watch over the flock–savage wolves will come among you)
Psalm 110:1-4 “You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek”
+John 15:9-17 (Greater love has no one than this: to lay down his life for his friends)

I don’t do
what I do
“because God said so”.

He’s explained Himself to me,

made me His Friend!

bound me by love
and admiration
to obey
His Heart’s desire,
against the savage,
cruel wolves
within my heart.

Do I act like a slave with God, doing just enough to get by?
Do I take time to read & ponder what God has explained to me through Divine Revelation?

Second Sunday of Advent

December 10, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Sunday!

Readings:
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 (Prepare the way for our God is coming to save us)
Psalm 85: 9-14 “Lord, let us see Your kindness, and grant us Your salvation”
II Peter 3:8-14 (since everything is to be destroyed, we must be holy, ready for the new heavens and new earth)
+ Mark 1: 1-8 (St. John the Baptist prepares the way for the Lord)

I don’t want
the embarrassment
of being unprepared
for so magnificent
a Guest
Whose Light reveals
the slightest flaw
that I conceal.

I must be purified
down to my darkest depths…

and only He
can make me so.

Do I submit myself to God’s consuming fire, to be purified for Him?
Do I look through my trials to the holiness they develop in me?

Saturday, first week of Advent Advent (Dec 9, St. Juan Diego)

December 9, 2017

JMJ

Blessed St. Juan Diego’s Day!


His story can be found here.

Readings:
Isaiah 30: 19-21, 23-26 (When you cry out, God will provide)
Psalm 147: 1-6 “Blessed are all who wait for the Lord”
+ Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8 (The harvest is plenty, but laborers are few)

The Master
does not do His work alone.
He sends out laborers
distributing
the food and drink and medicine
that save
afflicted souls.

How few there are
who go!

Do I regularly beg God for holy priests?
How receptive am I to what God wants to give me through them?

Friday, First Week of Advent, Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2017

JMJ


Blessed Solemnity!
Readings:
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 (God brings the first sin to light and promises redemption)
Psalm 98:1-4 “Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous deeds”
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 (God chose us from the beginning to be holy)
+ Luke 1:26-38 (the Annunciation)

The proudest of the angels
is humiliated by
being defeated
by the tenderest of maids,
who crushed his head
by her unconquerable “yes”
to God’s behest.

On what do I rely for success in conquering the ancient serpent?
Do I give my weakness as an excuse for failure or see it as a claim on God’s might?

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