Our Advent Journey Day 3 - The Word of God
10 days of Advent A series of ten articles in preparation for Christmas. We set out to meet the Lord and be prepared. Day 3 Reading the Word of God 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 why does Jesus not talk to her but talks to a non - Catholic Minister that she knows. I replied the he listens she does not. A few minutes later she literally dropped her knife and fork and said to me that He talked to her this 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 in 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 every Mass for three years we will have listened to the entire Bible. How much however did we take in?
The best personal way however 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.
Lord, inspire me to read your Scriptures and to meditate upon them day and night. I beg you to give me real understanding of what I read, that I in turn may put its precepts into practice. Yet, I know that understanding and good intentions are worthless, unless rooted in your graceful love. So I ask that the words of Scripture may also be not just signs on a page, but channels of grace into my heart. Amen.
Lord I want to know you more and more each day.
Help me to put some time aside today
to know and read Thy Blessed Word
and help me understand what You are saying to me.
TODAY is 18 December
(optional commemoration of Saint Flannan, Bishop) He is the patron saint of the diocese of Killaloe and its first bishop. He probably lived in the seventh century.
Jesus came to bring the message of God with love. He did not flinch or change when challenged. Nor did His disciples. Yes we must use modern technology and the language of the day but not change the message of the Word of God. Jesus died to save us and not compromise the truth.
WORD OF OUR LORD
Matthew 1:18-24 - How Jesus Christ came to be born
This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him Emmanuel,
a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.’ When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
We remember at this joyful time those who are displaced, suffering from the effects of natural disasters, those in pain, those suffering from loneliness or depression. May the Lord help them, bless them and give them the strength to overcome. We pray to God for them.
Always Remember - JESUS LOVES YOU
His name will be called Emmanuel,
which means God-with-us.
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