The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas
This Week’s Intention: That with the start of a new year will grow within each of us new eyes to see and new ears to hear one another, and new hearts to welcome and love one another.
Special Intention: For the repose of the soul of Mr. Herman Shum, and for God’s comfort and strength for his family, colleagues, students, and friends.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 2:22-35
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
“Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled:
my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people,
a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Meditation on What We Have Done or Failed To Do for God This Year | St. John Baptist de La Salle
We are in this world only to love God and to please him. This is what we must do throughout all our life, for this is the first thing God commands of us, which includes the whole law,1 as our Lord says. Our love for God ought to be so great that we love nothing but God or for God. We can prove our love in three ways: the first is when we have a high esteem for God; the second is when we attach ourselves to God alone; the third is when we do all our actions for God.
Prayer for the Day
Eternal Father, you created us to know the fullness of your blessings. And just as we have received those blessings and tried to use them well, we also have sinned and fallen short of your will for us. So, in your wisdom and mercy, you sent to us your Son, that we might be redeemed and live in right relationship with you and with each other. Thank you for your grace that reaches out to all of us and that gives us second chances to be our best and truest selves. This we ask of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.