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December 9th ✙ 2nd Sunday of Advent

Readings for December 9th, 2018

         IN TODAY'S LITURGY we hear the lonely but insistent voice of John the Baptist urging us to "prepare a way for the Lord".
          The Lord comes to us in the Eucharist. Let us pause to prepare ourselves to receive him. Lord Jesus, you take the blindness from our eyes. Lord, have mercy.
          You take the darkness from our minds, and the weakness from our wills. Christ, have mercy.
          You take the hardness from our hearts, and the lethargy from our souls. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY: ✟ Elise Olsen, by Mary K Bates
TUESDAY: ✟ Al & Mary Ann Schultheis, by Cindy Corrales
WEDNESDAY: ✟ Alex Gautreaux, by Cindy Corrales
FRIDAY: ✟ Elvira Sartor, by Karen Dettman 

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Prayer List....

Jarman Mudd Joe Bonchonsky
John Del' Amico Charles Ely
Ann Montgomery Joe Spini
Barbara Entwisle Kitty Lyons
Marilyn Brickett Robert & Cathy Neptune
Lori Wise Ed Flynn
Janet Renon Steve Smith
Esther Aw Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado
Linda Sanchez Susan Ruth Reuter
Vicky Potter Joanna Woody Jones
Margaret DeBortoli Barbara J. Furgason
Jim Mathews Taylor Cardoza
Patti Summers Sue Ackermanr
Lou Bonneville Carol Neely
Sarah Bryan Tom Kraemer
John McAvoy Elizabeth Carter

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Prayer 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:

Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Master Sgt. Matthew Rossoni, Army Commander Michael Quigley, US Navy

Kristen Chapman; USAF

Sean Eastis, USMC Sarah Manley, USAF Andy Harrison, USAF Nickolaus Swanson
.SSG Trevor Oxman

Brian Tucker

Major Mark Correa, US Army Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Nick Kenndy, USN James Chapman Seamus Weston Robert A. Wharton
Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr. Roy Walters    

Amen.

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A Lesson from the Trees

Not long ago the trees were loaded with golden leaves.
Though pretty to look at, they robbed me of the world beyond.
But now that the leaves have fallen,
I am able to look through the skeletal branches
to the deep blue sky beyond.
Teach us, Good Lord, how to take care of our material needs
without neglecting our spiritual needs;
how to take care of ourselves without neglecting others;
and how to live joyfully in this world
without losing sight of the world to come.

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Advent

     The season of Advent has a threefold character. It is a time for us to remember Christ’s first coming as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. Also, though, it is a time for us to prepare our minds and hearts as we await Christ’s second coming at the end of the world.
      Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it calls us to be ready to meet Christ as he comes (in a variety of forms) into each of our daily lives. Two important figures during Advent are John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary.
      John heralded Jesus’ coming, and Mary models what it means for us to recognize and respond to Christ.

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This Week's Gospel

     Luke dates the start of John the Baptist's ministry by setting it in the 15th year of the reign of Emperor Augustus: 29 AD. In our Gospel for this weekend, Luke introduces John the Baptist.
     He situates John’s proclamation within a precise historical context: “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar...” At first this might seem odd, but when you stop and think about it don’t we do the same thing, when we try to locate an event in our lives, e.g. "I know we lived on Elm Street and Bush was president when…”
     Clearly Luke sees John’s proclamation : “Prepare the way of the Lord...” as having world wide importance.

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Growing in Love During Advent

     During Advent, we reflect on and anticipate God’s incredible love for us. God came down to earth. God became human. God lived among us and modeled love each day. We know, through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ, that our daily life is not separate from our faith. Our whole life—every thought and action—can manifest love in our world.
      During Advent, we are invited to learn and grow in love each and every day. In small and big ways, in everything we do, think or say we are challenged to know and live love. Indeed, we are invited to be part of a revolution of love and tenderness— transforming the world through love.

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Additional Study Guides!

          1. *** Scott Hahn's commentaries can be found here

          2. *** from "Our Sunday Readings"
              downloadble commentary
              

To understand this week's scripture readings, please refer to our Bible Study page which has several links to more bible resources and notes.

Messianic Genealogy of Jesus Christ - Click here!

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