Daily Reading and Prayer

December 2017

Dec 31

December 31, 2017

Luke 2:22-40 Mary and Joseph followed the Jewish law by bringing Jesus, their firstborn, to the temple and having him circumcised. We are told that after doing so, they returned home and raised their son to be and to become what God willed him to be. At the threshold of a new year, we pray that God will watch over us, protect us from all evil,...
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Dec 30

December 30, 2017

Luke 2:36-40 Anna, the prophetess, never leaves the temple, and she fasts, day and night. In the quiet of Anna’s holy life, God has revealed to her the identity of the child Jesus. Lord, though I remain caught up in the busyness of this time of year, I am reminded by the story of Anna that the only way to keep your light shining within me...
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Dec 29

December 29, 2017

Luke 2:22-35 Jesus is brought to the temple by his parents for his presentation and circumcision, fulfilling the prescriptions of Jewish law. They encounter Simeon, a good and faithful Jewish man who spent his days in the temple waiting for the coming of the Messiah. Filled with God’s Spirit, Simeon recognizes Jesus. Human words cannot...
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Dec 28

December 28, 2017

Matthew 2:13-18 The Holy Family become refugees in a country where their ancestors were held captive. They are safe, but in their homeland Herod has the male infants slaughtered. It is a despicable act of a leader desperate to defend his throne, not unlike Pharaoh’s slaughter of the Israelite children. I pray for all those displaced by...
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Dec 27

December 27, 2017

John 20:1A and 2-8 Mary Magdalene is the first to arrive at the tomb, and her immediate response to her discovery is that someone has stolen Jesus’ body. John arrives, observes, but defers to Peter in entering the tomb. Peter is perplexed by what he sees. John, however, sees and believes. The Lord has risen as he said he would. Which of...
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Dec 26

December 26, 2017

Matthew 10:17-22 Jesus tells the disciples that speaking in his name will have dire consequences. They will be betrayed perhaps by their own family members. He encourages them to rely on the Spirit throughout. In the end, they will be saved. Lord, on this day I pray for all those men and women throughout the world who suffer because they follow...
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