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December 29th ✙ Feast of the Holy Family

Readings for December 29th, 2019

        WE GATHER ON THE FEAST of the Holy Family. We have come from our own families into a wider family – the family of the Christian community. Here we are reminded that we have a common Father, God, and that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us reflect for a moment on the quality of our ties with our own family and with this community.
         It is our sinfulness that makes us want to go our own way, thus weakening our bonds with others.
         Let us confess our sins to God, and to one another.

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MONDAY, December 30th:✟ Michael Taff, by Carolyn Connoly
TUESDAY, December 31st: For all women and young mothers and an end to abortion
WEDNESDAY, January 1st :For those celebrating birthdays on Jan. 1st
including Enero Quiocho, Linda Valenzuela, & Easton Acord

FRIDAY, January 3rd:✟ Ladd Amen, by Carolyn Connolly

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Reflections

Put on Compassion

       Paul gives some good, practical advice for life that was echoed by Shakespeare in Hamlet:
"assume a virtue if you have it not."
        In other words, if you want to develop certain virtues just pretend that you have them and the habit will grow.
       The idea is not to live a pretense, but that one of the best ways to grow a habit of good deeds is to just start doing them. Eventually they become instinctive.
        Joseph does as the angel of the Lord directs. He takes Mary to be his wife and accepts the child in her womb as his own.
        Joseph and Mary are both cooperative with God's plan. They are both models for us of what it means to be faithful servants of God.

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He Shall Be Called a Nazorean

       The original language of the Bible was rich in word play. Several of the authors used what we would call puns. These had a practical as well as artistic purpose. Since few people could read, it was necessary to hold large sections of the scriptures in memory. Playing upon words aided this accomplishment. Sadly, most translations fail to convey the puns.
       Today's gospel is a good example. In Hebrew the word "netser" means "branch". It can refer to a plant branch or to the "branch" of a family tree. The most important family in Israel was that of David.
       Isaiah 11:1 talks about a "shoot (or branch) sprouting from the stump of Jesse (David's father). Matthew seems to be connecting the name of the town, Nazareth with the netser of the royal family.

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Reflections (Continuation)

Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If they live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If they live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
If they live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If they live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
If they live with encouragement, they learn to have
confidence.
If they live with praise, they learn to appreciate.
If they live with fairness, they learn what justice is.
If they live with security, they learn to trust.
If they live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If they live with acceptance and friendship,
they learn to find love and God in the world.

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Your Christian Family

The Christian Family is the smallest unit of the church.
It is called the Domestic Church. We had our first encounter with the church at home.
We received our first catechism from our parents.
We learned to pray to God through them.
The home is the best school to learn love and to deepen our faith.
The role of parents and Christian Families is:
Parents are the first catechists of their children.
We learn the faith at home.
Let us turn our home into a school of love and faith.
Christian families are the best missionaries.
They are the most credible witnesses of the faith. As long as there are families who are evangelizers, there is hope for the church.
Christian families are agents of change in every society.
Change begins at home. It begins not so much from the top,
but from below of the society.
FAMILY means Father and Mother I Love You.

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Pray for our Troops

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

Tim Birimisa-Fasano,Army Brian Tucker
Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Master Sgt. Matthew Rossini, Army

Nick Kennedy, USN

Commander Michael Quigley,US Navy James Chapman
Kristin Chapman, USAF Seamus Weston
Sarah Manley, USAF Alicia Delahunty
Andy Harrison, USAF Robert A. Wharton
Nickolaus Swanson Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr.
SSG Trevor Oxman Roy Walters

Amen.

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