Posts made in December, 2018

Your prayer has been heard

Your prayer has been heard.  What was Zechariah praying for? He and Elizabeth had been childless their entire marriage, so he was likely praying for a son. But Zechariah was also a priest, and this scene takes place as he is offering incense in the sanctuary of the Temple. So Zechariah was probably also praying on behalf of his people, Israel. And God, in his infinite wisdom and creativity, announced that he had heard both strains of...

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Quote of the Week – December 31, 2018

“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible:  the fear of failure.” -Paulo Coelho

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When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him.  Like all of the Israelites, Joseph had been waiting for the Messiah.   He just never expected that he would be the one the Savior would come to! He was just an everyday small-town carpenter.   He probably had no idea what would happen to him if he were to accept this new role.   And yet he embraced God’s will without hesitation. We often look at saints like Joseph and think...

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The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ.  One of the central truths of the Christian message is that God is always faithful to his promises.   He will never revoke his plan of salvation; it will come to pass despite the “low points” that seem to signal otherwise.   We see this truth most clearly in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ genealogy. Jesus’ birth came about despite a family line that included murderers, spies, and exiles.   None of their...

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!  St. Paul believed that rejoicing was a basic disposition that we all should try to maintain, even when things don’t go our way.   In his short Letter to the Philippians, in fact, he spoke about rejoicing fifteen times.   And let’s not forget that Paul was in prison when he wrote the letter!   He was not going to let his circumstances rob him of his joy. So how did Paul maintain a...

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