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Memorial: Saint John Neumann, Bishop

Isaiah 1:16-17: Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, open our eyes today to see those who need your love and give us the thoughtfulness, time, and compassion to serve them. May Infant Jesus' work be seen in our life today. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (January 05, 2013)
Day: Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop
First Reading: 1 Jn 3:11-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 00:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: John 1:43-51
Lectionary: 208
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 1:43-51
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." 44Now Philip was from Beth-sa'ida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathan'a-el, and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46Nathan'a-el said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 47Jesus saw Nathan'a-el coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" 48Nathan'a-el said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 49Nathan'a-el answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" 50Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." 51And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus' response to Nathanael's new faith is the assurance that Jesus himself will be the "ladder which unites earth with heaven." Jesus proclaims that he is the completion of the promise made to the Patriarch Jacob and his descendants. Jesus is the true steps or stairway to heaven. In Jesus' manifestation, the divine Son of God taking on human flesh for our sake, we see the union of heaven and earth – God making his abide with us and bringing us into the heavenly reality of his kingdom through his Son Jesus. Jesus' death on the cross, where he overcome sin and won new life for us through his resurrection, opens the way for each of us to come into a new association with God as his adopted sons and daughters. The Lord Jesus opens the way for each one of us to "rise to heaven" and to bring "heaven to earth" in the daily circumstances of our lives. God's kingdom is present in those who look for him and who strive to do his will. Through the gift of faith God opens a door for each one of us to the heavenly reality of his kingdom. Do we see with the "eyes of faith" what the Lord Jesus has done for us? Heavenly Father, through your Son Infant Jesus, you have opened the way to heaven for us. As you revealed yourself to your beloved patriarchs and apostles, so reveal yourself to me that we may recognize your existence with us and know the power of your kingdom at work in our life. May we always find joy in your presence and never lose sight of your kingdom.


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