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January 4, 2019 – Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

The First Disciples John 1:35-42 Two of John the Baptist’s disciples hear John testify aloud that Jesus is the Lamb of God. They follow Jesus and engage in conversation. Jesus remains with them. One of the disciples, Andrew, tells his brother Simon that they have found the Messiah. He follows, too, and is given the name Peter. Prayer: “Follow me.” With those two words you invite me on an adventure. There are highs and lows, but I can count on you being with me every step of the way.

January 3, 2019 – Christmas Weekday

John the Baptist’s Testimony to Jesus John 1:29-34 Jesus is the one John has been talking about, the one for whom he has been preparing the people. He calls him a sacrificial lamb. By offering himself, he will make reparation for sins. John goes on to testify that he saw the Spirit of God come down upon Jesus and remain in him. He is the Son of God, and this is the dawn of a new creation. Prayer: John prepared the way for you. We have been called to do the same, but it seems such a daunting task in the world today. St. John, pray for us.

January 2, 2019 – Memorials of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church

John the Baptist’s Testimony to Himself John 1:19-28 John knows his place and points the way to the truth for all to see. He tells the priests and Levites that he is not the true teacher but, like the prophets, a witness to the Messiah. Prayer: I am reminded that, in anything I do for you, I must do so knowing that I am merely a messenger. You are the message.

January 1, 2019 – Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

The Visit of the Shepherds/The Circumcision and Naming of Jesus Luke 2:16-21 The shepherds are a lowly group of people considered ignorant in the society of the time. And yet it is they who understand that the news from the heavenly host is from God. Mary quietly and humbly reflects on all that is taking place. On the eighth day her son is given the name, Jesus, the name given her by the angel. Prayer: Dearest Mother, I wonder what you were thinking. I imagine your thoughts did not revolve around a “to do” list but rather the glory of God.

December 31, 2018 – The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

Prologue John 1:1-18 In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus’ origin is in history, humanly conceived by God’s Spirit. John leads the reader to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ identity. Christ’s origin is in eternity, divinely pre-existing. He is the Word of God. Prayer: The gospel passage today opens my mind and heart to the depth and breadth of who you are. Though you are infinite and eternal, you became flesh and dwelt with us. One day I pray to dwell with you, in your infinite love for all eternity.