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Wednesday, first week of Advent

December 4, 2013

JMJ

Blessed St. John Damascene’s Day!

St. John Damascene

St. John Damascene

You can find his story here.

Entrance Antiphon:
In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth,
and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding
and clothed him in a robe of glory.

Collect:
Grant, we pray, O Lord,
that we may be helped by the prayers
of the priest Saint John Damascene,
so that the true faith,
which he excelled in teaching,
may always be our light and our strength.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings specific to St. John Damascene:
2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2: 1-3 (Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit Who dwells within us)
Psalm 19:8-11 “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart”
+Matthew 25:14-30 (Since you were faithful in small matters, share your master’s joy)

This treasure doesn’t bury well.
We guard it with our lives.

It is alive.
We need to help it grow,
take root,
set fruit,
and multiply
in human hearts.

The work is hard.
We will need strength.
This is not for
the faint of heart,
but God won’t overburden us.
He measures out the treasure
to what He knows we can bear
and sends His Holy Spirit
(power of Love)
to be our aid.

The treasure is the Law of God,
rejoicing hearts, refreshing souls,
enlightening eyes with wisdom
from above
so we can love
the way that God does
come what may
and see His Face light up
with joy
as our reward,
surrounded by the joyful souls
of those we’ve reached.

How can I prepare the soil of my own life so the Law of God can take deeper root and bear more fruit?
Does my life inspire people to love godly living?
Am I willing to put in the work to bring joy to God (and others), confident of God’s help?

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