Pondering for Saturday, January 1, 2022

This is the Eighth Day of Christmas

Eucharistic Readings for Holy Name Day: January 1

Morning, Psalm 103; Evening, Psalm 148;
Isaiah 62:1 to 5 and 10 to 12Revelation 19:11 to 16Matthew 1:18 to 25:

“But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1: 20 and 21)

The angel reminded Joseph that God’s plan was not about him or the Hebrew marital traditions. It was about God making a way to save us from our sins; not AIDs, or human violence, or Covid or cancer, or natural disasters; but from our own sins. And he was told to name the gifted child “Jesus.”

We are only gifts if we are gifted, that is, Christened and made use of by God in community. May your own Christened name be blessed forever.  Merry Christmas; Day 8

So too may we be granted understanding that enables us to live loving lives void of negativity towards others. Merry Christmas: Day 7

Prayer, with forgiveness, is the greatest of gifts we can ever give to anyone, for Christmas, or anytime. Jesus is everywhere.  Merry Christmas: Day 6

As followers of the Christ of Christmas, we should do whatever he tells us.  Merry Christmas: Day 5

We are never to hurt or harm children, only love them, teach them, save and help them. Children are what Christmas is all about. Merry Christmas: Day 4

The testimony of John the apostle about our Lord Jesus is true; Believe.  Merry Christmas: Day 3

Let us not take our hate or ill will for another with us to our mortal death.  Merry Christmas: Day 2

Our being saved has as much to do with the birth of Jesus as it does his Resurrection from the dead.  Merry Christmas: Day 1

As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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