Saturday, December 31, 2016


Your daily Advent reflection...
Saturday, December 31, 2016
JOHN 1:1-18
Friends, today we reprise the prologue of St. John’s Gospel, which we read on Christmas. The Word became flesh “and we saw his glory.” All the ways that the Old Testament spoke of God’s involvement with the world come together in this description of Jesus Christ. He is the powerful Word that will not return without accomplishing his purpose.

Now what is his purpose? Look to the prophet Isaiah. “The Lord has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations. All the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God.” Saying that Yahweh has bared his holy arm means that Yahweh is rolling up his sleeves to get on with the work.

Now take a look now at the manger at Bethlehem. Perhaps we see a tiny arm reaching out at random from the manger. “The Lord has made bare his holy arm.” And this anticipates another baring of that holy arm, when it is stretched out on the wood of the cross, revealed to all nations, just as Isaiah said. God’s power would be revealed in the powerlessness of love unto death. This is what became flesh on Christmas day.

Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Just a short note to let you know that I shall be heading home this coming Tuesday. It has been a lovely and heartwarming visit with mom and dad, but I am anxious to get home and sleep in my own bed. This, because my back and bursitis are giving me a fit. I hate to leave my folks, but they have their heels dug in about moving. I don't pressure, I just ask if they are ready to move and the answer this time has not changed: NO!

So I leave them in God's hands and go on letting nature take its course.

I have missed you all, for you are engrained in my heart forever, like s child and A parent.  I wish you all a joyful New Year, and if you must make s resolution, then resolve to embrace your faith, seize the word that became flesh, and make  faith ever stronger through prayer and reading of the scriptures daily. Know that God is near and He I'd on your side as I'd The Son and our Holy Mother and all the Saints.

God bless and keep you! 


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