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Monday, Fourth Week of Advent (December 23, O Emmanuel)

December 23, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Memorial of St. John of Kanty!

You can find his story here.

O Emmanuel,
God-with-us,
Our King and Lawgiver,
The Awaited one of the peoples
And their Savior
Come to save us, O Lord, our God

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign.
Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son
and his name shall be called Emmanuel.
~Isaiah 7:14

(see also Matthew 1:22)

Collect:
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that by the example of the priest Saint John of Kanty
we may advance in the knowledge of holy things
and, by showing compassion to all,
may gain forgiveness in Your sight.
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:
James 2:14-17 (Faith without works is dead)
Psalm 112:1-9 “Blessed the one who gives to the poor”
+Luke 6:27-38 (be generous–as God is)

Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.
~Luke 6:27-28

That’s how God is;
that’s what He does.

He doesn’t wait for us
to earn His love
(as if we could!).
He’s simply Good
to us
no matter what we do.

And we are destined
to become
like Him
–that’s how we’re made
to share the image
of His Son
(see Romans 8:29)
who took
His generosity
in Majesty
to Calvary.

Does my generosity fail under fire?
Is the problem that I’m counting on my generosity instead of God’s generosity working through me?
Do I give circumstances or other people the power to make me “not myself”?

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