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Wednesday: Third Week of Advent

Luke 1:76-78: "You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God."
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we confess, that at times we've tried to earn our salvation. At other times, we have taken it for granted and trampled on your mercy and grace. Today, Father, we want to live for you: not to be saved or gain salvation, but to please you and reflect your quality and nature. Your compassion and grace have redeemed from the valueless way of living that we see so many trapped in all about us. Thank you for your salvation, but please help us to live in a way that shows the joy of that salvation in all we say, think and do. In Infant Jesus' name we pray.
Today's Readings ... (December 19, 2012)
Day: Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent
First Reading: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Luke 1:5-25
Lectionary: 195
Colour: Violet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 1:5-25
5In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechari'ah, of the division of Abi'jah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years. 7Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 9according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And Zechari'ah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechari'ah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; 15for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God, 17and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Eli'jah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared. "18And Zechari'ah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." 19And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. 20And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things come to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time." 21And the people were waiting for Zechari'ah, and they wondered at his delay in the temple. 22And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to them and remained dumb. 23And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. 24After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, 25"Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Loving Infant Jesus, you bring hope and restoration to your people. Restore and strengthen Christian family life today. Help us to love and serve our family. May your love rule in all our relationships and remove any barriers to peace and harmony.


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