We are suppose to get a “dusting” to 1 inch of ‘global warming’ today. It would be nice to have a white CHRISTmas.
O Antiphon for today:
O leader of the house of Israel, giver of the law of Moses on Sinai: Come to rescue us with your mighty power!
6 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and this is the 20th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote or Joke of the Day:
Christians aren’t perfect, they’re just forgiven!
And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (NAB Lk 1:76-79)
Now Zechariah has moved from praising God, to ‘singing’ about his new son: John. He knows that John has a special role in salvation history. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Zechariah is aware that John will be a prophet, preparing people for the arrival of the Messiah: Jesus.
Preparing for Jesus’ arrival did not end with John the Baptist! Each of us is called to prepare for the coming of the Lord each and every day. The Franciscans call this ‘daily conversion.’ We must have the proper attitude and love for the Lord as to allow Him to dwell in us. Another way of saying this, is to surrender your body to God, and allow the Lord to act through you.
I Love the “Canticle of Zechariah.” It is part of the Divine Office and is said daily, in the morning prayers of priests, religious, and lay catholics. I believe this ‘song’ is a blueprint, or pattern, of how to be a good catholic christian. It is the formula for removing the darkness of the evils we experience every day. Remember, we are to love our enemies. After all, the first word of the Risen Jesus on Easter Sunday was “peace.”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #18:
Moreover they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High,” and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.