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Emmanuel
 
 
December 23, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
"Emmanuel: God's Good Gifts to Us"
"The Gift of Service"
 
 
Focus Scriptures: 
Micah 5:2-5a     Luke 1:39-55
 

Emmanuel means (God with us) and Advent is a season where we remember that God dwelt with humanity in the person of Jesus. He is the gift Christmas that brings hope and meaning into the world we share. This advent we will remember the promises made as we were marked with the cross of Jesus in baptism. We will also redefine the true meaning of gifts from our worldly consumer goods to the true gifts found in Jesus.

Mary visits Elizabeth and then sings her Magnificat (Latin for Magnify) a song of hope and praise for what God is doing in her world. She sees the child in her as a gift for the world that will call all of us out into service. This call is found in our Baptismal promise “to serve all people, following the example of Jesus.” Jesus who will turn the world of Mary on its head finding the lost, restoring the broken, and healing the sick. The gift of Jesus is the gift of service rooted in love for God and neighbor. We are called to serve all people, following the example Jesus lived and Mary sung about. Our life is found as we respond to the needs all around us.

 

Daily Devotion
December 18, 2018
Be Anxious for Nothing
 
 

 

“Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Phil 4: 6-7. Have you ever felt anxious, discouraged, and depressed when you weigh your problems against your abilities and find that you cannot come up with suitable solutions?  When we look at the landscape of our lives, we will always face thorny problems that can be overwhelming for our limited abilities.  However, we can control such feelings when we learn to take our problems to the One who says, “come to me ye who are weary and heavily burden and I will give you rest”.  Jesus wants us to pour out our feelings to Him and to break free from our preoccupation of the problems.  We are to acknowledge our weakness and humble ourselves under the mighty hand of our Lord.  Paul is telling us that we will feel the strongest when we are on our knees looking up to our God. We are to submit to God in prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving and allow Him who always works in our best interest.  He is the only One who has the wisdom and power to deal effectively with our problems and to grant us peace. Prayer:  Almighty God, your word has indicated to us that we will always have problems and face obstacles in this life which our limited abilities may not be able to handle. But you, O merciful and gracious Father, have called us to bring all our problem to you in prayer.  Grant us the assurance and the peace of mind that you are the all-powerful God who can and will deal with them effectively.  Amen.

Written by Vernon Mukhlall
 

 

 

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