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Monday: Second Week of Advent

Deuteronomy 18:15: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we believe you are still speaking today through Jesus. Help us not only hear his voice, but listen to his message and life and put it into practice today. Gently correct and lead us in the way of obedience so that we may more completely glorify you with the adoration of our daily life. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (December 10, 2012)
Day: Monday of the Second Week of Advent
First Reading: Is 35:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm: 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Luke 5:17-26
Lectionary: 181
Colour: Violet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 5:17-26
17On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; 19but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20And when he saw their faith he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." 21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, "Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?" 22When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, "Why do you question in your hearts? 23Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Rise and walk?' 24But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" he said to the man who was paralyzed-- "I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home." 25And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay, and went home, glorifying God. 26And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus' treatment of sinners offended the religious teachers of the day. When a cripple was brought to Jesus since the faith of his friends, Jesus did the extraordinary. He first forgave the man his sins. The scribes regarded this as blasphemy since they understood that only God had authority to forgive sins and to release a man or woman from their burden of fault. Jesus claimed an authority which only God could lawfully give. Jesus not only proved that his power came from God, he showed the great power of God's saving love and mercy by healing the cripple of his physical illness. This man had been crippled not only physically, but spiritually as well. Jesus untied him from his burden of guilt and restored his body as well. The Lord is ever ready to bring us healing of body, mind, and soul. His grace brings us freedom from the power of sin and from oppression to harmful desires and addictions. Do we allow anything to keep you from Jesus' healing power?

Loving Infant Jesus, through your merciful love and forgiveness you bring healing and restoration to body, soul, and mind. May your healing hand and love touch every area of our life – my innermost thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and memories. Pardon our offences and transform us in the power of your Holy Spirit that we may walk confidently in your truth and righteousness.


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