Spirituality Corner

Please Remember in Prayer

Those, living and deceased, who are listed in our Book of Prayers, found at the back of church.

Anyone can add names to this book each month.

Live the Liturgy

December 15th, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent

Do you ever feel inwardly dry and parched? Where do you turn to gain a refreshed sense of being and purpose? Just as we often do not refresh our physical bodies with what is healthiest, we make the same mistake with our soul. We do not always reach for the healthiest spiritual food. We confuse our inner dryness with something else and reach out for the wrong thing. It is no wonder why so many people are lost and confused. We will never be completely satisfied or whole this side of our journey. A good measure of patience and waiting is needed as we hope for the rain water of God’s presence to fall upon us. When are we going to finally realize that Jesus is the One who has come to refresh us, and we no longer have to search for another? Our souls will find refreshment and rest only when they rest in God.

Scripture

Spend Some Time Reflecting on the Daily Readings

Readings for the Week of December 15th, 2019

Sunday:Is 35:1-6a, 10/ Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10 [Is 35:4]/Jas 5:7-10/Mt 11:2-11
Monday:Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a/Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9 [4]/Mt 21:23-27
Tuesday:Gn 49:2, 8-10/Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17 [cf. 7]/Mt 1:1-17
Wednesday:Jer 23:5-8/Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 [cf. 7]/Mt 1:18-25
Thursday:Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17 [cf. 8]/Lk 1:5-25
Friday:Is 7:10-14/Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 [cf. 7c and 10b]/Lk 1:26-38br/> Saturday:Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 [1a; 3a]/Lk 1:39-45
Next Sunday:Is 7:10-14/ Ps 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 [7c, 10b]/Rom 1:1-7/Mt 1:18-24

Sharing the Gospel

Name someone that you think is very important. Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest man ever born. John the Baptist did not live in a big house or wear nice clothes. He was not the president, and he did not own a huge company. You would probably think he was very poor. But John the Baptist was truly great because he loved and trusted God with his whole heart. He helped other people follow God, too.

Prayer
Dear God, show me ways to help my friends follow God, too.

Mission for the Week
If you have any videos that tell Bible stories, watch one or two together with your family.

Questions of the Week

First Reading
The prophet Isaiah spoke of his broken world being restored with God’s divine presence. What does this reveal to us about God?

Second Reading
James urges his community to be patient and kind in anticipation of the end-times. How well are you practicing these virtues during Advent this year?

Gospel Reading
Jesus asserts to the crowds: “Among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” What do you think Jesus is teaching us here?

God already has the solution.