Our children had to wait until Christmas Even to put in Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus, the angels, the shepherds and the animals. Until then, it stood empty.
The three wise men were not added until the Epiphany.
Week 2: Friday
Thus says the Lord, you redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go. If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the waves of the sea; your descendants would be like the sand, and those born of your stock like its grains, their name never cut off or blotted out from my presence. (Isaiah 48:17-19)
The use of water as a metaphor of God, or for any good thing, is common in Hebrew Scriptures. Who should know more about the preciousness of water than a desert people like the Israelites?
Send a get-well card to someone in the hospital.
Ask St. Lucy to help us not to be blinded our personal goals, but to always seek what the Lord wants us to do.
Lord, wash me and I shall be clean, bathe me in Your loving mercy and I shall be truly forgiven.