Saturday, December 5, 2020

Saturday of the First Week of Advent

First Saturday of the Month

Other saints: Saint Sabas, Abbot (439-532); Saint Crispina, Martyr (304); Saint Birinus (-649); Saint Hedda (-705); Saint Sola (794); Saint Christina of Markyate (c. 1097-1161); Bd Bartholomew of Mantua (1495); Saint John Almond, Martyr (1612); Bd Nicholas Stenson, Bishop (1638-1686); Bd Philip Renaldi (1856-1931) 

Readings of the Day

RB: Ch 53:16-24

Mass: Is 30:19-21, 23-26; Resp Ps 147; Mt 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8

Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.


As in today's Gospel, do you think Jesus sees the crowds and continues to be moved with pity because we are troubled and abandoned? (Mt 9:36). I suspect so. Ah, but we are not abandoned. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will meet us where we are. In fact, why not take your troubles, doubts, fears and cares to the Lord. As related in a column I read, something the author heard a newly ordained young Jesuit say during his homily: "'God wants to meet you at the point of your greatest fear.' Go, he explained, to the point of your greatest fear, in your mind and heart, and God will meet you there. When He meets you there, tell Him about the fear, and He will help you there." 

Jesus went around to all the towns and village, teaching, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. 
(Mt 9:35)

Today's photo: Just in time, here's a look at our beautiful Advent Wreath, taken last Saturday after First Vespers for the First Week of Advent. Tomorrow you will see our wreath with candles lit for the Second Week of Advent. Bless the work of our hands! Bless the work of our hands! 

© Gertrude Feick 2020

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