Our Advent Journey Day 2 - The Blessed Sacrament
10 days of Advent
A series of ten articles in preparation for Christmas. We set out to meet the Lord and be prepared. Day 2. The Blessed Sacrament Today we reflect on the Blessed Sacrament?
Do we honour His presence in the tabernacle?
Do we in our hearts really accept that He is truly present?
Do we acknowledge Him by genuflecting before Him as we enter and as we leave?
St Pio said “If men only appreciated the value of a holy Mass they would need traffic officers at church doors every day to keep the crowds in order." He also said in relation to the Mass “During the Consecration a new, awesome and wonderful annihilation and creation happens.""The holy Mass regenerates the world." "The fruits that we receive at Mass cannot be enumerated. We will know it only in Paradise." "I live for Jesus Christ, I live for his glory, I live to serve him, I live to love him." "If it depended on me I would never leave the altar." It is easy to become blasé because God has been so good to us. He died a horrible death so we could be free. He has left His presence in the Blessed Sacrament for us, we are never alone. When we enter a Chapel do we bless ourselves?
On seeing the tabernacle do we genuflect properly?
Do we accept the real presence of Jesus?
When we pass a Chapel do we make a sign of the Cross?
Most of us if we were in the presence of a celebrity would be overawed. How much more should we be in the presence of Christ?
Let us therefore on this day reflect on this Wondrous Presence and seek to bring ourselves much closer to Him. Prayer of St Alphonsus My Lord Jesus Christ, who, through the love which you bear toward men, does remain with them day and night in this sacrament, full of mercy and love, awaiting, inviting and receiving all who come to visit you, I believe that you are present in the Sacrament of the Altar. From the abyss of my nothingness, I adore you. I thank you for all the graces which you have bestowed upon me, particularly for having given me yourself in this sacrament, for having given my your most holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit you in this church.
This morning dear Lord
Do not look at our weaknesses
But strengthen our love for You
And let us share that love with our neighbour. Amen
TODAY is Thursday 17 December 2020
Rejoice always in the Lord. He loves us. He is always there for us. He is very near. Trust in Him, pray to Him. He will always provide for our needs. Again I say rejoice in the Lord. Always
WORD OF OUR LORD
Matthew 1:1-17 The ancestry of Jesus Christ, the son of David
A genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, Tamar being their mother,
Perez was the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram was the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon was the father of Boaz, Rahab being his mother,
Boaz was the father of Obed, Ruth being his mother,
Obed was the father of Jesse;
and Jesse was the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon was the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Azariah,
Azariah was the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah;
and Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers.
Then the deportation to Babylon took place.
After the deportation to Babylon:
Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor was the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud was the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob;
and Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary;
of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
The sum of generations is therefore: fourteen from Abraham to David; fourteen from David to the Babylonian deportation; and fourteen from the Babylonian deportation to Christ.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY (taken from our 'Prayers and Reflections' section)
Are you ready to receive Jesus?
Mother Teresa, St. Teresa of Calcutta, once said "Before the birth of Jesus, His parents asked for a simple dwelling place, but there was none. If Mary and Joseph were looking for a home for Jesus, would they choose.. your heart, and all it holds?"
Always Remember - JESUS LOVES YOU
Behold, the Desired of all the nations will come,
and the house of the Lord will be filled with glory.
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