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Saturday, First Week of Advent

December 7, 2013

JMJ

Blessed St. Ambrose’ Day!


St. Ambrose Converting Emperor Theodosius I

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:
O God, Who made the bishop St. Ambrose
a teacher of the Catholic faith
and a model of apostolic courage,
raise up in Your Church men after Your own heart
to govern Her with courage and wisdom.
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:
Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19 (To me, the very least of all, grace was given to reveal God’s plan)
Psalm 89:2-5,21-22, 25, 27 “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord”
+ John 10:11-18 (The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep)

We’ve had a lot of hirelings
who left us in the lurch
to be snatched by wolves
and torn apart
(they simply didn’t care).

It’s hard to trust in the real thing
embodied in the Church.
To hear the Shepherd’s Voice
and follow Him
into the mystery
revealed.

He knows it’s true.
He came to win our trust
by laying down His life
for us
and rising up again.

He brings the riches
of His glory
to indwell the inner man
that we may be
rooted and grounded
in His Love,
strengthened to grasp
the infinite,
to overflow
with all the fullness
of the Lord.

What do I need to overcome in order to entrust myself to the Good Shepherd
as He speaks through His Church?
What can I do to keep the glorious goal (incentive!) in sight?

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