Weekly Devotion – December 31st

Weekly Devotions

Nativity1

Jesus was born into this world to accomplish the Father’s plan for our salvation. At the age of twelve Jesus would speak intelligently about the scriptures, amazing all who listened with His wisdom and understanding.

That scene foreshadows the teaching ministry of Jesus that would take place two decades later as crowds would gather from near and far to listen to Him preach. We are also part of the story, for we have the great privilege of listening to the Lord Jesus every time we open the Bible.

Now, as then, His words have the capacity to inspire, convert, motivate, and console. Jesus continues to draw us to Himself and bids us to be nourished at the two-fold table of Word and Sacrament every time we participate in Mass.

May we keep these things in our heart and place our confidence in the Lord Jesus so that we might remain in Him, and He in us.

We pray together: St. Jude, together we seek happiness and peace. Walk with me and my family in the new year, and help us to grow in virtue.


Bible Diary for December 30th – January 5th

Bible Diary

Sunday
December 30th

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

1st Reading: 1 S 1:20-22, 24-28:
And she became pregnant. She gave birth to a son and called him Samuel because she said: “I have asked Yahweh to give him to me.“ Once more Elkanah went to the temple with his family to offer his yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow to Yahweh. Hannah would not go along but she said to her husband, “I will bring the child there as soon as he is weaned. He shall be presented to Yahweh and stay there forever.“


Christmas 2018 at the National Shrine of St. Jude

Holidays & Events

St. Jude, my heart brims over with joy. The birth of Jesus brings the birth of hope to the world. May this child, the light of the world, be a light in the darkness of my life. God chose you, St. Jude, to companion the Christ child on earth. Fill my heart with the love that inspired you to proclaim His glory to all people. May Emmanuel, “God with us,” strengthen my faith, hope, and devotion with you, St. Jude, and in my Savior, bearer of light and love at Christmas and always. Amen.

Enjoy these photos of the National Shrine and Our Lady of Guadalupe parish dressed for the holiday celebration.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Weekly Devotion – December 24th

Weekly Devotions

4th Sunday wreathThe Fourth Sunday of Advent highlights the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the story of our salvation. God chooses to enter into our human experience through the Blessed Mother.

By assenting to the invitation of the angel Gabriel, Mary changes the course of human history. Her unconditional “Yes” to God’s will untangles the knot tied by the sin of Adam and Eve.

Her example of fidelity and obedience serves as a model for us to follow as we seek the path of holiness and everlasting life. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas in a worthy manner, we ask the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We ask her to pray with us and for us, that we might welcome the saving presence of the Lord into our lives and embrace Him as our Savior and King.

As she was privileged to hold the Lord Jesus in her womb and in her arms, so may we be fashioned by God’s grace into bearers of the Lord.


Bible Diary for December 23rd – 29th

Bible Diary

December 23rd
4th Sunday of Advent

St. John of Kanty

1st Reading: Mi 5:1-4a:
But you, Bethlehem Ephrata, so small that you are hardly named among the clans of Judah; from you shall I raise the one who is to rule over Israel. For he comes forth from of old, from the ancient times. Yahweh, therefore, will abandon Israel until such time as she, who is to give birth, has given birth. Then the rest of his deported brothers will return to the people of Israel. He will stand, and shepherd his flock with the strength of Yahweh, in the glorious Name of Yahweh, his God. They will live safely, while he wins renown to the ends of the earth. He shall be peace. When the Assyrian invades our land and sets foot on our territory, we will raise against him not one, but seven shepherds; eight warlords.