Advent WreathThe Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Intention: That all people will be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we discern how best to build God’s Kingdom and heal our broken world.



Today’s Gospel | Luke 2: 22-35

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they 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 Messiah 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:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for 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.”

From the Meditation on What We Have Done or Failed to Do for God This Year | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Have you often reflected during this year that because God gives you life and helps you perform all your actions, all of them ought to be consecrated to him and that you do him injury when you do them for any other purpose except for him? Has it been your sole aim, as it was Saint Paul’s, not to live or to act any longer except for God? Like him, have you been in the disposition not to make God’s grace useless in you? It has been useless, no doubt, every time your actions have not been done for love of him. In the future act, as Saint Paul says, in a manner that will be worthy of God, striving to please him in all things.


Eternal Father, all that is good and right is a gift from you.  There are marvelous things that happen in our lives, some that we cannot even comprehend.  Lord, help us to be thankful that you care so much about us. Today, let us be especially thankful for your gift of salvation, for second chances to do the right things, to be at our best, to embrace and live your truth. We ask this of you who lives with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.