I hope everyone had a great weekend.Last weekend my family and I went to see the “Way of Lights” at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Il. This is a yearly family tradition; and is a beautiful experience for anyone. This weekend, the family finished putting up all the outside decorations. I can’t believe it is sooo close till the arrival of our Christ. I anticipate His arrival.
10 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and this is the 16th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote or Joke of the Day:
Those wonderful Church Bulletins! These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins, or were announced in church services:
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say ”Hell’ to someone who doesn’t care much about you.
Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. (NAB Lk 1:59-64)
Going to the temple on the eighth day was a religious practice of the Jewish people. Doves were taken for sacrifice; the woman was purified, and the male child was circumcised. This verse parallels that of Jesus’ found in Lk 2:21. In the sacrifices and circumcision, both John and Jesus are incorporated into Israel religiously, and legally.
Both Elizabeth and Zechariah, separately, say the newborn babies name will be John. Even though there are no relatives in their family lineage, both know that the Archangel Gabriel had said to name the baby John for a reason they do not know, as yet. John, in Hebrew, means ‘Yahweh has shown favor.” John was graced by God to be the last prophet to claim the future of a new covenant and Messiah for the Jewish people. John in return graces God with the baptism of Christ, starting Jesus’ ministry on earth.
As you know from the biblical verses, Zechariah was made mute for not trusting the Archangel Gabriel. What is not written is that Zechariah must have been deaf as well. The people with him had to write signs to ask him what to name the baby. Upon gaining his capabilities to speak and hear, the very first words spoken by Zechariah are a blessing to God. He obvious had gained a new found, and undisputed trust in God’s strength and abilities.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #14:
Secular Franciscans, together with all people of good will, are called to build a more fraternal and evangelical world so that the kingdom of God may be brought about more effectively. Mindful that anyone “who follows Christ, the perfect man, becomes more of a man himself,” let them exercise their responsibilities competently in the Christian spirit of service.