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Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs

John 14:23: Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
  PRAYER FOR THE DAY ...
Heavenly Father, we know Jesus came to earth and obeyed your will. Give us discernment so that our submission will not simply be the obedience of your words, but a longing to live according to your will. We long to honor you because you have done so much to save us. Thank you Lord. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (December 28, 2011)
Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs
First Reading: 1 John 1:5-2:2
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 124:2-3,4-5,7cd-8
Gospel: Matthew 2:13-18
Lectionary: 698
Colour: Red
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 2:13-18)
Suffering, martyrdom, and persecution are the lot of all who chose to follow Jesus. There is no crown or victory without the cross. It was through Jesus' suffering, disgrace, and death on the cross, that our salvation was won. His death triumph life – an eternal life for us. And his blood which was dropped for our sake obtained pardon and reunion with our heavenly Father. Suffering takes many forms: illness, sickness, handicap, physical pain and emotional shock, slander, abuse, poverty, and injustice. Mary was given the sanctity of being the mother of the Son of God. That holiness also would become a sword which penetrates her heart as her Son died upon the cross. She received both a crown of joy and a cross of grief. But her joy was not reduced by her sorrow because it was fueled by her faith, hope, and confidence in God and his promises. Jesus promised his disciples that "no one will acquire your joy from you". The Lord gives us a mystical joy which enables us to bear any sorrow or hurting and which neither life nor death can take way. Do we know the joy of a life completely surrendered to God with faith and trust?
Yesterday:

Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist

Tomorrow:

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas


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