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Tuesday, third week of Advent, 2010, St. Peter Canisius, December 21, O Rising dawn

December 21, 2010

Blessed St. Peter Canisius’ Day!

You can read his story here

O Rising Dawn,
Splendor of eternal light
And Sun of justice
Come to give light to those sitting in darkness
And in the shadow of death

Revelation 22:16:
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things concerning the churches.  I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”
(see also Psalm 19:6-7, Wisdom 7:26, Isaiah 9:2, Luke 2:78-79, Luke 7:22, Malachi 4:2/3:20, John 8:12 & 12:46, Ephesians 5:8-14, Titus 3:4, Hebrews 1:3)

Symbols: Sunrise, sun
Suggested foods: oranges or clementines (look like the sun), Texas Sunrise, sun bean dip, Sun chips, sunflower seeds, sun bean dip
Suggested activity: watch the sunrise, go for a walk or drive to admire the Christmas lights, coloring page

Lord, hear the prayers of Your people.
May we who celebrate the birth of Your Son as Man
rejoice in the gift of eternal life when He comes in glory,
for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Song of Songs: 2:8-14 (my Beloved comes to me and calls me to come away with Him)
or Zephaniah 3:14-18 (Rejoice! The God who saves you delights in you)
Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 “Cry out with joy to the Lord, you holy ones; sing a new song to Him”
+ Luke 1:39-45 (the Visitation)

Leap for joy!

Little children, like the unborn St. John the Baptist, instinctively get this right.
When there’s cause for joy, they leap!

Adults tend to have a harder time with it.
Yes, some fans are unself-conscious enough to jump up & down
at a spectacular play in a ballgame,
or at the arrival of their favorite star musician…
but to leap about God?
Really, now. What can the good Lord be thinking?
Isn’t religion is all about being quiet and sitting still?

Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
-Matthew 18:2

God wants us to leap for joy!

He does it Himself.

Hark! my lover–here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills
-Song of Songs 2:8

He’s excited to be here!
Never mind tall buildings–our God springs over mountains to get to us!
He can’t wait for the mountains to be leveled, the hills smoothed down.
He leaps right over them.

He expects just as spirited a response from us.

Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!
-Song of Songs 2:13

Shout for joy…!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart…!
-Zephaniah 3:14

That doesn’t exactly sound like the typical Mass on Sunday morning, does it?
Mumble dutifully…bide your time until it’s over (or at least until after Communion).

Something’s wrong with this picture!

The Lord your God is in your midst
a mighty Savior
-Zephaniah 3:17

He’s here!
Hidden in the Tabernacle
as He was in Mary’s womb when Elizabeth recognized Him…
He’s in our midst.
We have no more evil to fear! (see Zephaniah 3:15)
This is incredibly Good News!
We need to tell that to our faces!
We need to act like people who have something to celebrate!

Every time we walk into a Church,
Jesus is physically Present in our midst in the Tabernacle.
Every Mass is a little Advent,
as we await His coming among us in the Eucharist…
and at the Consecration, it becomes a “little Christmas”
as He takes on flesh before our very eyes.

Let’s come to Mass with all the enthusiasm of a five year old on Christmas morning.
Let’s see what a difference that makes!

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