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Memorial of Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr

Philippians 1:6: He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Heavenly Father, Thank you, for being at work in our life. We confess that at times you seem distant, but looking back over the critical moments of our life, we can see your fingerprints and your grace leading us to where we are today. Dear Lord, please make your presence even more powerfully known in our life as we seek your will and commit to live to your glory. In the name of Infant Jesus our Lord we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (December 13, 2011)
Memorial of Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr
First Reading: Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 6-7,17-18,19,23
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32
Lectionary: 188
Colour: Red
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 21:28-32)
Today’s Gospel we see Jesus surprised the self-righteous Jews, who outwardly practiced the outside rituals of their religion while inwardly harboring evil thoughts and intentions, by stating that the tax collectors and harlots would enter the kingdom of God before them. Jesus demonstrates his point with an easy story of two imperfect sons. He anticipated them to show their gratitude and reverence through their obedience and diligence in nurturing his vineyard. Although the "disobedient" son told his father to his face that he would not work for him, he afterwards changed his mind and did what his father commanded him to act. The "good" son said he would work for his father, but didn't do through. He did his own will opposing to his father's will. Now who was actually the good son? Two of the sons disobeyed their father; but one regretted and then did what the father told him. Jesus makes his words understandable: Good purposes are not enough. And promises don't count unless they are carried out. God wants to change our hearts in order that we will show by our actions that we admire his will and do it. We can lose that fortune if we refuse the grace God gives us to follow in his way of truth, love, and righteousness. Jesus gives confidence us to think – to think about the results of our choices, especially the choices and conclusions that will count not just for now but for perpetuity as well. The choices we make now will influence and shape our hope, both our future on earth as well as in the eternal life. Are we ready to follow our heavenly Father?

Memorial Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr


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