Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Year of Saint Joseph

Other saints: Saint Adelaide of Burgundy (931-999); Bd Sebastian Maggi (1496); Bd Mary of the Angels (? 1660-1771); Bd Clement Marchisio, Founder (1833-1903); Bd Honoratus Kozminski (1829-1916); The Martyrs of Thailand: Bd Philip Siphong and Companions (1940)

Readings of the Day

RB: Ch 61:6-14

Mass: Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21b-25; Resp Ps 85; Lk 7:18b-23

Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss.

Our Lord says this through the mouth of the Prophet Isaiah: Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other! (Is 45:22). We turn to Our Lord, not to another, for safety. We turn to Our Lord, not to another, for healing. As Jesus did "at that time", He does for us. Jesus cures many of our diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; He also grants sight to many who are blind (Lk 7:21). Behold, Our Lord will come with power and will enlighten the eyes of His servants (Communion Antiphon, Mass).

Remember this month's Prayer Intention of Pope Francis on prayer, the heart of the Church's mission. Indeed, we can do many things, but without prayer it will not work. Enter into dialogue with Jesus today. Have a conversation with Jesus. Listen to Him and reply. This is prayer. We continue to pray for one another too. We are united in faith and in prayer. As Pope Francis taught us in today's Wednesday Audience, when we pray, we pray for all. Focusing on prayer of intercession, Pope Francis suggested this prayer of intercession: "Lord, no one is just in your sight; we are all debtors, each with an outstanding balance to pay; no one is sinless in your eyes. Lord, have mercy on us!"

Prayer of intercession consists in asking on behalf of another. It knows no boundaries and extends to one's enemies.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2647)


© Gertrude Feick 2020

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