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December 21, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Advent
“For nothing will be impossible for God.” Luke 1:37
The angel Gabriel speaks these words to Mary. Nothing is impossible for God, he tells her.
We know this but we do not always remember it. We tend to limit God a lot. We say or we hear things like:
God will not heal me.
God will never forgive me for this.
God does not hear my prayers.
God cannot possibly love me the way I am.
We do not always have the faith that Mary had. We do not always believe in the impossible happening.
But God does the impossible every day.
If someone had once told me that I would write a book about being an incest survivor, I would have said impossible. My book was published 7 years ago.
If someone had once told me that I would marry a man who whose love and respect would help me heal, I would have said impossible. I met just such a man and we have been married for 35 years.
If someone had once told me that I would convert to the Catholic faith and it would change my life, I would have said impossible. I have been Catholic now for over 25 years and yes, it has changed my life.
And now I no longer say things like God cannot possibly love me the way I am.
Miracles still happen. God still does the impossible. Do we ever look at all the “impossibles” in our lives that God has made possible?
Do we believe and trust like Mary did?
Do we say with Mary - “May it be done to me according to your word.”
Lord, I thank you and I praise you for all you have done for me. I thank you for all the impossible things that you have made possible. Increase my faith, Lord. Help me to grow in trust of you. Help me to surrender all to you. Like Mary did. Amen.
Monday, Dec, 22
1 Samuel 1:24-28; Luke 1:46-56
How have I been blessed by God recently?
Lord, you show blessing on me every day. But I am not always aware of them. Help me to be more alert to your many blessings and more thankful for them. Without your blessings my life would amount to nothing.
Tuesday, Dec. 23
St. John of Kanty
Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Luke 1:57-66
What messages has God sent to me recently?
Lord, you are constantly sending me messages. Help me to discern what they are and to follow them. Never allow me to ignore your words to me. Without your word I am useless.
Wednesday, Dec. 24
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Luke 1:67-79
Zechariah praises the Lord, saying that "… he has come to his people and set them free." From what do I most need to be set free?
Lord, I need freedom from so much. But there are always those items that I most need to pay attention to. Help me to understand where I most need your help. Grant me the strength to accept your help so that I may become a better follower.
Thursday, Dec. 25
The Nativity of the Lord
Mass at Dawn
Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20
Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. How will I make time to reflect on the Nativity of our Lord?
Lord, thank you for the gift of Your Son. Help me to take time to ponder the meaning of the nativity. I often get so caught up in all the busy-ness of the season. Help me to treasure the day like Mary did.
Friday, Dec. 26
Acts 6:8-10: 7:54-59; Matthew 10:17-22
How do I witness to God’s love in my life?
Lord, it is my hope that by my life I reflect your love. Help me to be a better witness to your love. Grant me the courage to step forward and show the world that I live in your love.
Saturday, Dec. 27
1 John 1:1-4; John 20:1a, and 2-8
John reminds us of the importance of trusting in our faith. Does my life show how important my faith is to me?
Lord, my faith means everything to me, but there are times when I weaken and do not show that faith. Help me to display my faith to all around me. Grant me the strength to never weaken in my faith.
Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
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