“Lord, come and save us.”
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How to be alert and watchful in the spirit of today’s Gospel. Every morning when we get up, let us pray, “Lord, show me someone today with whom I may share your love, mercy and forgiveness.” St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa), once said, “Whatever you do in your family, for your children, for your husband, for your wife, you do for Jesus.” Every night when we go to bed, let us ask ourselves, “Where have I found Christ today?” The answer will be God’s Advent gift to us that day. By being alert and watchful, we’ll be getting an extra gift: Christ himself. There is a saying about being saved which goes back to St. Thomas Aquinas: “Without God, I can’t. Without me, He won’t.”
Please join us for our Rorate Caeli Masses this Advent. These solemn sung Masses will take place on Saturdays December 3, 10 and 17 at St. Bernard’s Church at 7:00 am. These Masses are celebrated by candlelight and are offered in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please bring your own non-drip candles and lanterns to help illuminate the church during these celebrations. The usual 8:00 am Saturday morning Mass at St. Bernard’s will be cancelled on these Saturdays.
Alane Boudreau has kindly provided a translation of the Latin antiphons and hymns that will be used at the Rorate Caeli Masses at St.Bernard’s.
It may be viewed HERE, (PDF format)
Saturday – December 24th – 5:00 PM at St.Bernard’s
Saturday – December 24th – 7:00 PM at Our Lady of the Assumption
Sunday – December 25th – Midnight at St.Bernard’s
Sunday – December 25th – 9:00 AM at St.Bernard’s
Sunday – December 25th – 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Assumption
HAC for Fr.Nathan – image – courtesy of and used with permission – www.freebibleimages.org – copyright LUMO Project
Jesus the Messiah performs the signs of God’s kingdom power
Jesus confirmed for John that the miracles and healings which he performed were in direct fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies announced by Isaiah some 700 years previously. Isaiah had prophesied that when the Messiah would come to save his people he would “open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf, the lame would leap, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy” (Isaiah 35:5). Jesus’ miracles are a demonstration of the power of God’s kingdom at work in the midst of his people. When God acts to save his people he turns their sorrow and weeping into joy and singing, and their fear and weakness into strength and hope.
The greatness of John’s life and witness of the Messiah
When Jesus had answered the disciples of John, he in turn asked them a question.”Why did you go out in the wilderness to see John the Baptist?” “Did you go because you were hungry for the word of the Lord?” Jesus said that John was more than a spokesman for God. John was the faithful witness and friend of the bridegroom who pointed others to the coming of the Messiah in their midst. Jesus contrasted John with the image of a reed shaken by the wind. Unlike a reed which is weak and spineless and can be easily crushed or bruised, John stood as a pillar of strength and truth in the face of opposition and persecution. No demonic force could weaken or crush John in his unswerving trust in God and his word.
Jesus offers us abundant life and joy to be his witnesses
Jesus knew that what the Father in heaven had sent him to accomplish for our sake would supersede all that the prophets had done and foreseen in the past. Jesus’ atoning death on the cross cancels the debt of our sins and sets us free to live as citizens of his kingdom. He gives us pardon, healing, and abundant life through his Holy Spirit, and the promise of unending joy with him in his everlasting kingdom.
John the Baptist paid the ultimate sacrifice of his life for speaking God’s word and preparing the way for Jesus the Lord and Savior of the world. The Lord Jesus offers us the same assurance of faith and the strength to stand against every force that would try to rob us of our conviction and courage to live and proclaim the good news (the Gospel) of God’s kingdom. Do you know the joy, strength, and power which Jesus gives to every one who puts their trust in him and the power of the Holy Spirit? Ask the Lord Jesus to increase your faith and hope in his promises for you.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:John fulfills Elijah’s prophetic ministry, by John Chrysostom, 547-407 A.D.
“Jesus knew the mind of John who sent them, for he knew, as God knows, our inner thoughts. There he was, actively healing the blind, lame, and many others. He healed not to teach John, who was already convinced, but those who had come to him doubting. Having healed them he said, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.’ And then he added pointedly, ‘And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.’ By saying this Jesus implied that he knew even his questioners’ unuttered thoughts. For if he had said simply ‘I am he’ this would have fallen short of overcoming their unstated sense of being offended. And it would have given fuel to some Jews who were already saying to him, ‘You bear record of yourself’ (John 8:13). Hence he answered nothing directly concerning his identity but left them to learn of it from the miracles, freeing what he taught from suspicion and making it plainer. Then Jesus gently chided them for being silently offended in him. He made their case for them, leaving it to their own conscience alone to judge, calling no witness of his reprimand other than they themselves who knew what they had been thinking. For it was of their own inward offense that he was thinking when he said, ‘Blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.’ In this way Christ drew them all the more closely to himself.” (excerpt from THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, HOMILY 36.2)
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Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Dec.11 – Third Sunday of Advent
Monday – Dec.12 – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Patron of the Americas
Tuesday – Dec.13 – St.Lucy
Wednesday – Dec.14 – St. John of the Cross
Thursday – Dec.15 -St.Eusibius
Friday – Dec.16 – St.Adalbert
Saturday – Dec.17 – St.Begga
Sunday – Dec.18 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
HAC for Fr.Nathan
HAC for Fr.Nathan