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Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Matthew 2:4-6: When King Herod had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, you, are marvelous. You are God Almighty, the holy and majestic Creator. Yet you became the least so we can share in your glory. Please help us, O God, never to look down on someone else because they look like the least. We know, Lord, that as we serve and love them, I'm serving and loving you. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (December 13, 2012)
Day: Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
First Reading: Is 41:13-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 11:11-15
Lectionary: 184
Colour: Red
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Matthew 11:11-15
11Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force. 13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John; 14and if you are willing to accept it, he is Eli'jah who is to come.15He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
God may call some of us to be martyrs for our faith in Jesus. But for most of us our call is to be dry martyrs who accept testimony to the joy of the gospel in the midst of daily challenges, contradictions, temptations problems and adversities which come our way as we pursue the Jesus. What attracts others to the Jesus? When others see Christians loving their enemies, being joyful in suffering, enduring in adversity, pardoning injuries, and showing comfort and sympathy to the hopeless and the helpless. Jesus tells us that we do not need to fear our adversaries. He will give us enough grace, strength, and wisdom to face any trial and to reply any challenge to our faith. Are we eager to witness to the joy and freedom of the gospel? Loving Infant Jesus, by your cross you have saved the world. Fill us with joy and confidence and make us a bold witness of your saving truth that others may know the joy and freedom of the gospel.


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