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The Christmas story comes full circle tomorrow as we celebrate the arrival of the Magi and their retinue. Today’s assigned readings prepare us for this Epiphany celebration. Ponder what St. John the Evangelist says in today’s first reading: “Jesus himself made us a promise and the promise is no less than this: eternal life.” and also: “…the anointing you have received from him remains in your hearts.” As the Christmas season nears its completion, it may be helpful to ponder just exactly what Jesus’ Christmas 2015 “promise” and “anointing” might mean for each of us personally.
Of course we have not yet entered into the eternal life of heaven. But our personal, family, and/or community Christmas rituals and celebrations do offer a glimpse into the incredible life and love that God longs to implant in our hearts and homes through the Advent and Christmas days of prayer and celebration we have just experienced. For instance, is there a particular interaction with a family member or friend that you really treasure? Was someone’s gift especially meaningful to you? Was there a moment of quiet insight that strengthened your heart, opened a door, expanded your vision? Treasure any or all of these personal promptings of God’s life and love as 2016 dawns!
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.
—Numbers 6: 24-26Please share the Good Word with your friends!
Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father.
And this is what he has promised us, eternal life. I write these things to you concerning those who would deceive you. As for you, the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and so you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he is revealed we may have confidence and not be put to shame before him at his coming.
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