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THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK IN ADVENT, DECEMBER 16, 2021



A Gospel According to Lk 7:24-30


When the messengers of John the Baptist had left, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John. “What did you go out to the desert to see a reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine garments? Those who dress luxuriously and live sumptuously are found in royal palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom Scripture says:

Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you.

I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John; yet the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he.” (All the people who listened, including the tax collectors, who were baptized with the baptism of John, acknowledged the righteousness of God; but the Pharisees and scholars of the law, who were not baptized by him, rejected the plan of God for themselves.)


REFLECTION

Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you.


Christmas is only a few days away. We anxiously await for this date, and cannot wait for Advent to be over so we can start celebrating Jesus' birth.


In anticipation for this date, we decorate our homes with Christmas trees, lights, nativity scenes, stockings, etc. Purchase gifts to share with our loved ones, and even become more generous towards charitable causes during this time of year.


As we prepare our homes for Christmas, let us spend a few minutes in quiet contemplation of the Blessed Sacrament. To keep Him company. To center ourselves back in Jesus and not being tossed around by the worries of the world.


And let's meditate on this event by joining us in praying St. Alphonsus' Christmas Novena found in our website.


God bless y'all!


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