Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Advent Daily Dose - 3rd Wednesday

We pray + in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (7:18b-23).

At that time, John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” When the men came to the Lord, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind. And Jesus to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection: Jesus tells the disciples of John of the amazing and miraculous things that he has done. Two questions for our reflection today:
1.    What amazing and miraculous things has the Lord done for us? Maybe not so far as to accomplish the things mentioned here, but no doubt, the Lord has done great things for us. What are they? Can we name them? And then we give thanks for them.

2.     If we can’t recognize the amazing and miraculous things that the Lord does for us, everyday, sometimes without our even knowing or noticing them, we ask for the grace of wisdom and understanding that we may see and notice and respond to where and when and how the Lord is actively working in our lives, in ways big and small.

We pray: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that the coming solemnity of your Son may bestow healing upon us in this present life and bring us the rewards of life eternal. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.  St. John of the Cross, pray for us!

+In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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