Only in God - The Word is Alive
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Often, I am asked by people why Jesus does not talk to them but seems to talk to others. On one occasion I was having dinner with a couple and was asked by the lady why does Jesus not talk to her but talks to a non - Catholic Minister that she knows. I replied that - the Minister - perhaps listens but she does not.
A few minutes later she literally dropped her knife and fork and said to me that He talked to her at Mass that morning but she did not listen or recognise Him.
Jesus talks to us if we care to listen in many ways. But we must be - for want of a better expression - on the same wavelength. How do we do this?
•By accepting Jesus as our Personal Saviour
•By opening our heart to him.
•By giving over our lives to him.
•By being aware of him in our neighbour.
To reach a stage where the above is possible we need to know Jesus better. How can we do this?
Padre Pio said that the Mass is the greatest prayer of all. So, attending Mass and receiving the Sacrament with humility and respect is important.
St Jerome said we will never understand the Eucharist unless we understand the Word.
Herein lies the key. If we want to know a historical figure better, then we read about them. We read about God and Jesus in the Word of God – the Bible and in Jesus - the New Testament.
A priest in his homily once said that there are two altars. The altar of the Eucharist which we easily conform to, but also the altar of His Word which perhaps we do not pay the same attention.
If we attend Mass every day for three years we will have listened to the entire Bible. How much however did we take in?
The best way for each of us is to get to know Him is through reading your own personal Bible or book of the New Testament which is produced in a form which we can easily carry about with us. The remarkable thing about it is that whatever page I open it on my eyes fall on a relevant message. Amazingly I have lost count of the number of people who have the same experience.
Believe me the Word of God is very much alive.
Bless us, this day, our family and friends,
and the food and the company that we share.
Increase in us a growing urgency
to celebrate the Word of your Son,
in whose name we pray.
TODAY WE CELEBRATE
3rd Sunday of Advent
In other years: Saint Lucy, Virgin, Martyr
She was martyred in Syracuse, probably during the persecution of Diocletian (which started in 303). Devotion to her spread rapidly across practically the whole Church and her name is included in the Roman Canon of the Mass.
WORD OF OUR LORD
John 1:6-8,19-28 - 'There stands among you the one coming after me'
A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light.
This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’ ‘Well then,’ they asked ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied:
a voice that cries in the wilderness:
Make a straight way for the Lord.’
Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, ‘Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?’ John replied, ‘I baptise with water; but there stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap.’ This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Jesus loves everyone with a love far beyond human recognition. Tender, kind, consoling, and longing for us to acknowledge Him and return in our humble way our love for Him and our neighbour. All He asks is that we trust Him we surrender everything to Him. My Jesus we thank Thee.
Always Remember - JESUS LOVES YOU
Behold the One of whom John said:
I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in our hour of conflict. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Only in God is my soul at rest. In Him comes my salvation.
We finish as we begun
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Catholic Doctrine, Gospels, Catechism - onlyingod.com
Catechism taken from Catholic Catechism - catechismonline.com
The Complete New Testament - thewordofourlord.com