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Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

Psalm 103:1-3: Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we praise you for your gift of creation. We praise you for your love in granting us free will to admit or reject you. We praise you for choosing Abraham to be the foundation of faith and a people through whom Jesus would come. We praise you for sending to us Jesus. We praise you for providing the sacrifice for our sins. We praise for what you are about to do and yet remains enshrouded in mystery to us. We praise you for raising him from the dead and triumphing over sin and death. We praise you for those who shared the Gospel of your grace with us. We praise for what you are doing through us and for us. We praise because you are Almighty God who has chosen to be our Abba Father. In the name of Infant Jesus, we praise you. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (December 27, 2012)
Day: Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist
First Reading: 1 Jn 1:1-4
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: John 20:1a and 2-8
Lectionary: 697
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 20:1a, 2-8
1aNow on the first day of the week 2[Mary Magdelan] ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." 3Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. 4They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; 5 and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, 7and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 8Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
John was the earliest apostle to reach the tomb of Jesus on Easter Sunday morning. Like the other disciples, he was not prepared to see an empty tomb and to hear the angel's message, Why do you seek the living among the dead? What did John see in the tomb that directed him to believe in the resurrection of Jesus? It was surely not a dead body. The dead body of Jesus would have unconfirmed the resurrection and made his death a tragic end to a glorious career as a great teacher and miracle worker. When John saw the empty tomb he must have recalled Jesus' prophecy that he would rise following three days. Through the gift of faith John understands that no tomb on earth could contain the Lord and giver of life. Loving Infant Jesus, you have triumphed over the grave and you have won new life for us. Give us the eyes of faith to see you in your splendor. Help us to draw near to you and to grow in the knowledge of your great love and power.


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