Ok, which one of my kids added Bishop Rice to the last summer?
Ok, which one of my kids added Bishop Rice to the last summer?
We read the Gospel reading for the day.
And Jesus went about all the cities, and towns, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease, and every infirmity.
And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd. Then he saith to his disciples, The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few.  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest.
And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities. These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying: Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles.
But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give. Do not possess gold, nor silver, nor money in your purses: Nor scrip for your journey, nor two coats, nor shoes, nor a staff; for the workman is worthy of his meat.
We noticed that Jesus did three things. He went to the synagogues, he proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom, and he healed and cured the sick. Then he told his disciples to pray for more laborers. When he gathered the 12 apostles, he gave them authority. Then he gave them instructions to go out to the house of Israel, to proclaim the Kingdom, and to cure the sick and drive out demons. We noticed how these roles seem to correlate to the roles of priest (curing and driving out demons), prophet (proclaiming the kingdom), and king (going out to the peoples).
During prayer, we asked God to help us to keep in mind that as a family, we are missionaries to those around us. We are on a unified mission and in a way, we also fill the roles of priest, prophet, and king. We prayed that we help to heal others of darkness, depression, and loneliness with our presence. We prayed that we proclaim the gospel of the kingdom to our friends and family, that they may see how we are saved not only individually but through our one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church. We prayed that we go out to help and serve others.
The word “courage” came to me while praying. After a while I opened my eyes and saw Sergio looking at the kitchen light through a hole he made with his fingers. I watched him playing and smiled, filled with peace. I enjoyed watching my family lost in thought. We are a domestic church. We fight for the kingdom. Love is our weapon.
Today we read a prophetic writing about a shoot from the stump of Jesse.
And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness. And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears. But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: land he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. And justice shall be the girdle of his loins: and faith the girdle of his reins.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb: and the leopard shall lie down with the kid: the calf and the lion, and the sheep shall abide together, and a little child shall lead them. The calf and the bear shall feed: their young ones shall rest together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp: and the weaned child shall thrust his hand into the den of the basilisk. They shall not hurt, nor shall they kill in all my holy mountain, for the earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the covering waters of the sea. In that day the root of Jesse, who standeth for an ensign of the people, him the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulchre shall be glorious.
For the sake of the younger boys, we talked about what happens when a tree is cut down and how it tries to live again with a new shoot, new life. We talked about the promise of the new heaven and new earth. We also talked about how the Lord has come and how we also wait for the Lord. We wait for this time of peace but how there will be judgement first. His judgement will be perfect, ensuring perfect justice. The end of the reading tells how this promise is for all people.
We prayed that we can share this promise with as many people as we can, with help from the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We also prayed for new life in our faith and that we grow during this Advent season.
Nothing in particular that we felt or thought today during conetmplatio.
Today we read the upcoming gospel reading about the centurion with the paralyzed servant.
And when he had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him,
And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. And Jesus hearing this, marvelled; and said to them that followed him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel.
And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west…
We talked about the faith of the centurion in different aspects. First, because he understood authority and that Jesus had authority, he had confidence that Jesus merely had to command that his servant be healed for it to occur. We also noticed that he had great concern for his servant. He notes that he is “suffering dreadfully”. He recognizes the humanity in his servant. He also actively seeks out Jesus to have his servant healed. He calls Jesus, “Lord”.
We prayed that the Lord helps us to become people of great faith like the centurion. We asked that we grow in confidence in the Lord so that He may use us to help others come to know him. We also prayed for all those who we know that are sick, suffering, depressed, stressed, or otherwise need comfort and healing.
It occurred to me to not only desire the things we prayed for as individuals but also as a family. We need to be open to be a witness to the world together that maybe others will desire hope in the Lord.
Today we read the upcoming gospel reading.
And as in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even till that day in which Noe entered into the ark, And they knew not till the flood came, and took them all away; so also shall the coming of the Son of man be. Then two shall be in the field: one shall be taken, and one shall be left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill: one shall be taken, and one shall be left. Watch ye therefore, because ye know not what hour your Lord will come. But know this ye, that if the goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Wherefore be you also ready, because at what hour you know not the Son of man will come.
After reading the gospel, the younger boys asked about what it meant to be left. I asked them about what happened during the time of Noah. They recalled that the Noah and his family were left. The other people, the people who had turned their backs on God, were swept away. They were taken. We want to be like Noah and his family, faithful to God’s ways in a society that has largely forgotten his way.
Eve asked about how all were taken during the flood, including children. I said that everybody dies at some point and when they do, it is God who takes their life. I told them that I didn’t think they should take it as punishment against the children. For the children, whether they died young or at an older age, it was their time.
I wondered why there was the reference to the thief in the night. We talked about what it means to be alert, to stay awake. Bianca thought that maybe it meant to stay alert for the things that can take us away from the Lord, namely sin. Because we don’t know when Jesus will return, we need to be alert by working to stay in a state of grace. We are prepared when we avoid sin and do the work of the Lord.
During prayer we prayed that we always have the desire to do the will of the Lord, to love Him with all our hearts, minds, and souls, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We also prayed that we can help as many people as possible to share in the gospel so that they can joins in the eternal joy with all the saints in heaven. We also prayed that we have a good advent filled with anticipation and meaningful prayer and fasting. We prayed that this will lead to a wonderful Christmas season.
Today, I found it difficult to let my mind be silent.