Posts made in January, 2018

Bring Jesus to the Temple

The parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. Why did Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple?   The reason stretches back to the original Passover.   God had told the Israelites to put the blood of a lamb on their doorposts so that their firstborn sons would be spared from the plague that was going to hit Egypt.   From then on, all firstborn children had to be consecrated to the Lord.   The offering of a lamb—or a...

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Herod became furious.  Anger can be a powerful and fierce emotion.   If left unchecked, it can cause us to make rash decisions and lead us to hurt innocent people.   Just look at Herod.   He heard a king had been born in Israel and he was afraid.   This child was a threat, and Herod wanted to get rid of him quickly.   When the Magi didn’t cooperate with his plan, he became furious. So he lashed out, ordering the deaths of all young boys in and...

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Waiting Game

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son.  Waiting.   We are not very good at that.   Everyone seems to be waiting.   Children waiting on their parents.   Travelers wait at airports.   We even wait in line to go to Confession!   But nobody understands waiting better than a couple expecting a baby—especially if they have been waiting a long time. Elizabeth and Zechariah had waited years for a child: years...

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He has filled me with many good things

He has filled the hungry with good things As Valentine  draws near, many of us are busy “filling” packages, and envelopes with good things.   We hope to surprise and delight the people in our lives.   We want them to know we love and value them, that we think of them, and that we will go to no end of trouble for them.   And whether we realize it or not, we are doing this in imitation of our heavenly Father, who also delights in filling his...

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Let me hear your voice

Let me see you, let me hear your voice.  It’s amazing what people will do to attend a special event or to get something they really want.   We see images on the news of people waiting all night outside a store just so that they can buy a new cell phone or get tickets to a new movie before they sell out. Thank God we don’t have to be like that when it comes to God’s grace!   Granted, there are countless stories about saints praying long into the...

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