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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on December 24, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 1:67-79

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to 21a7145bc363ba3b811dbb5ef5fb98cf_w600our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Zechariah sings of the joy which comes from a visit by God’s goodness which, in Jesus, fulfills every promise God has made through the prophets. Zechariah’s Canticle is a song about God’s faithfulness in Israel’s past and the fidelity of God into the future. Zechariah in his song is like Moses standing on Mount Nebo, where he can see the road which Israel has traveled and observe the beginning of the fulfillment of the promises which God has made. For Moses, the future was for his people to enter the Promised Land. For Zechariah, it was Jesus, who is the Morning Star, the dawning of the Sun of Justice, and the rising Prince of Peace. May joy and peace be to each of you, and yours, and all of us.

Saint of the day: Saint Charbel Makhluf was born on May 8, 1828, in Lebanon, he was the son of a mule driver. He was raised by an uncle who opposed the boy’s youthful piety. The boy’s favorite book was Thomas a Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ. At age 23, he snuck away to join the Maronite monastery where he took the name Charbel in memory of a second century martyr. He professed his solemn vows in 1853 and became a priest in 1859.

He lived as a model monk but dreamed of living like the ancient desert fathers. A hermit from 1875 until his death 23 years later, he existed on the barest dawnessentials of everything. He gained a reputation for holiness and was much sought for counsel and blessing. He had a great personal devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He celebrated Mass at noon so he could spend the morning in preparation and the rest of the day in thanksgiving.

Spiritual reading: Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. (Hamilton Wright Mabie)

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