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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-12, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor/Church
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Posted on 12/06/2012 7:32:17 PM PST by Salvation

December 7, 2012

 

Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

 

Reading 1 Is 29:17-24

Thus says the Lord GOD:
But a very little while,
and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,
and the orchard be regarded as a forest!
On that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a book;
And out of gloom and darkness,
the eyes of the blind shall see.
The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,
and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the tyrant will be no more
and the arrogant will have gone;
All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,
those whose mere word condemns a man,
Who ensnare his defender at the gate,
and leave the just man with an empty claim.
Therefore thus says the LORD,
the God of the house of Jacob,
who redeemed Abraham:
Now Jacob shall have nothing to be ashamed of,
nor shall his face grow pale.
When his children see
the work of my hands in his midst,
They shall keep my name holy;
they shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob,
and be in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding,
and those who find fault shall receive instruction.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14

R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life's refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Gospel Mt 9:27-31

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
"Son of David, have pity on us!"
When he entered the house,
the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,
"Do you believe that I can do this?"
"Yes, Lord," they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
"Let it be done for you according to your faith."
And their eyes were opened.
Jesus warned them sternly,
"See that no one knows about this."
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.


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Karol Wojtyla
16.X.1978 - 2.IV.2005

The best, the surest , and the most effective way of establishing everlasting peace on the face of the earth is through the great power of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament." -- Pope John Paul II

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"Could you not watch one hour?" -- Mark 14:37

I am happy to testify that many young people are discovering the beauty of adoration, whether personal or in community. I invite priests to encourage youth groups in this, but also to accompany them to ensure that the forms of adoration are appropriate and dignified, with sufficient times for silence and listening to the word of God. In life today, which is often noisy and scattered, it is more important than ever to recover the capacity for interior silence and recollection: Eucharistic adoration permits one to do this not only within one's "I" but rather in the company of that "You" full of love who is Jesus Christ, "the God who is near us."
 
~Pope Benedict XVI



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Friday, December 07, 2012
St. Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Matthew 9:27-31

So, you will ask me, who then are the people most tempted? They are these, my friends; note them carefully. The people most tempted are those who are ready, with the grace of God, to sacrifice everything for the salvation of their poor souls, who renounce all those things which most people eagerly seek. It is not one devil only who tempts them, but millions seek to entrap them.

-- St. John Vianney


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The Angelus 

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary . . . 


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray: 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 


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Saint Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

Saint Ambrose,
Bishop & Doctor of the Church
Memorial
December 7th


Ambrogio Borgognone
St Ambrose with Saints
c. 1514 -- Panel
Certosa, Pavia

Saint Ambrose was born at Trier in about 340. He studied law at Rome, and was made bishop of Milan on December 7, 374. He defended the faith against the Arian heresy through his writings and teachings. He helped lead Augustine into the true faith. Ambrose died on Holy Saturday, April 4, 397.


Collect:
O God, who made the Bishop Saint Ambrose
a teacher of the Catholic faith
and a model of apostolic courage,
raise up in your Church men after your own heart
to govern her with courage and wisdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen

First Reading: Ephesians 3:8-12
To me[Paul], though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which He has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in Him.

Gospel Reading: John 10:11-16
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know My own and My own know me, as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed My voice. So there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.

 


Prayer of St. Ambrose
Preparation before mass

Lord, Jesus Christ,
I approach your banquet table
in fear and trembling,
for I am a sinner,
and dare not rely on my own worth
but only on your goodness and mercy.
I am defiled by many sins
in body and soul,
and by my unguarded thoughts and words.
Gracious God of majesty and awe,
I seek your protection,
I look for your healing;
Poor troubled sinner that I am,
I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy.
I cannot bear your judgment,
but I trust in your salvation.
Lord, I show my wounds to you.
I know my sins are many and great,
and they fill me with fear,
but I hope in your mercies,
for they cannot be numbered.
Lord Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and man,
crucified for mankind,
look upon me with mercy and hear my prayer,
for I trust in you.
Have mercy on me,
full of sorrow and sin,
for the depth of your compassion never ends.
Praise to you, saving sacrifice,
offered on the wood of the cross for me
and for all mankind.
Praise to the noble and precious blood,
flowing from the wounds of my crucified
Lord Jesus Christ
and washing away the sins of the whole world.
Remember, Lord, your creature,
whom you have redeemed with your blood.
I repent my sins,
and I long to put right what I have done.
Merciful Father, take away
all my offenses and sins;
purify me in body and soul,
and make me worthy to taste the holy of holies.
May your body and blood,
which I intend to receive,
although I am unworthy,
be for me the remission of my sins,
the washing away of my guilt,
the end of my evil thoughts,
and the rebirth of my better instincts.
May it incite me to do the works pleasing to you
and profitable to my health in body and soul,
and be a firm defense
against the wiles of my enemies. Amen.


Related link on the Vatican website:
Benedict XVI, General Audience, Saint Peter's Square, Wednesday, October 24, 2007, Saint Ambrose of Milan

Related links on New Advent Website:

Saint Ambrose writings
- On the Christian Faith (De fide)
- On the Holy Spirit
- On the Mysteries
- On Repentance
- On the Duties of the Clergy
- Concerning Virgins
- Concerning Widows
- On the Death of Satyrus
- Memorial of Symmachus
- Sermon against Auxentius
- Letters


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Information:
St. Ambrose
Feast Day: December 7
Born:

between 337 and 340 A.D., Trier, Germany

Died: 397 A.D.
Major Shrine: Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, Milan, Italy where he is buried
Patron of: Bee keepers, bees, candle makers, domestic animals, French Commissariat, learning, Milan, Italy, students, wax refiners



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Information:
St. Sabinus
Feast Day: December 7
Died: 304 AD, Spoleto

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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose
Feast Day: December 07
Born: 340 :: Died: 397

Ambrose was born at Augusta Treverorum in the Roman Empire which today is the town of Trier in Germany.

He was the son of Aurelius Ambrosius the Roman governor of Gaul. When his father died, his mother took her family back to Rome. She and her daughter, St. Marcellina, brought Ambrose up well.

He became an excellent lawyer and was then made governor of Milan and the territory around it. But by a strange event, Ambrose the governor became Ambrose the bishop.

When the Bishop of Milan died, there was a big quarrel between the Arians and the Catholics in the Cathedral about who would become the next bishop. Ambrose quickly went to the Church and gave a speech begging both sides to stop fighting and make peace.

In those days the people used to suggest to the pope the name of the one they would like as bishop. To Ambrose's great surprise, the people of Milan were so impressed with his efforts to make peace that they immediately chose him as bishop.

He tried to escape, but it seemed to be God's will and Ambrose became a priest and then bishop of Milan.

Ambrose was a great model and father to his people. He also resisted all evil with amazing courage. He faced an attacking army and convinced the leader to turn back.

Another time, Emperor Theodosius came from the east. He wanted to save Italy from invaders and asked all his officers to respect the bishop of Milan.

But when this emperor committed a very serious sin, Ambrose immediately told him that he did wrong. He asked Theodosius do public penance. The emperor did not get angry but realized that the saint was right. Very humbly he publicly made penance for his sin.

Ambrose had shown the world that no human being, even if he or she is the Emperor, is higher than the Church and that everyone was the same in the eyes of God.

People were afraid of what would happen to Italy when Ambrose died. When he became sick, they begged him to pray for a longer life.

The saint replied, "I have not behaved myself among you in such a way that I should be ashamed to live longer; nor am I afraid to die, for we have a good Master." Bishop Ambrose died on Good Friday in the year 397.


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Matthew
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Matthew 9
27 And as Jesus passed from thence, there followed him two blind men crying out and saying, Have mercy on us, O Son of David. Et transeunte inde Jesu, secuti sunt eum duo cæci, clamantes, et dicentes : Miserere nostri, fili David. και παραγοντι εκειθεν τω ιησου ηκολουθησαν αυτω δυο τυφλοι κραζοντες και λεγοντες ελεησον ημας υιε δαυιδ
28 And when he was come to the house, the blind men came to him. And Jesus saith to them, Do you believe, that I can do this unto you? They say to him, Yea, Lord. Cum autem venisset domum, accesserunt ad eum cæci. Et dicit eis Jesus : Creditis quia hoc possum facere vobis ? Dicunt ei : Utique, Domine. ελθοντι δε εις την οικιαν προσηλθον αυτω οι τυφλοι και λεγει αυτοις ο ιησους πιστευετε οτι δυναμαι τουτο ποιησαι λεγουσιν αυτω ναι κυριε
29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith, be it done unto you. Tunc tetigit oculos eorum, dicens : Secundum fidem vestram, fiat vobis. τοτε ηψατο των οφθαλμων αυτων λεγων κατα την πιστιν υμων γενηθητω υμιν
30 And their eyes were opened, and Jesus strictly charged them, saying, See that no man know this. Et aperti sunt oculi eorum : et comminatus est illis Jesus, dicens : Videte ne quis sciat. και ανεωχθησαν αυτων οι οφθαλμοι και ενεβριμησατο αυτοις ο ιησους λεγων ορατε μηδεις γινωσκετω
31 But they going out, spread his fame abroad in all that country. Illi autem exeuntes, diffamaverunt eum in tota terra illa. οι δε εξελθοντες διεφημισαν αυτον εν ολη τη γη εκεινη

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27. And when Jesus departed, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Son of David, have mercy on us.
28. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to him, Yea, Lord.
29. Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it to you.
30. And their eyes were opened: and Jesus straightly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
31. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

JEROME; The miracles that had gone before of the ruler's daughter, and the woman with the issue of flood, are now followed by that of two blind men, that what death and disease had there witnessed, that blindness might now witness. And as Jesus passed thence, that is, from the ruler's house, there followed Him two blind men, crying, and saying, Have mercy on us, You Son of David.

CHRYS; Here is no small charge against the Jews, that these men, having lost their sight, yet believe by means of their hearing only; while they who had sight, would not believe the miracles that were done. Observe their eagerness; they do not simply Come to Him, but with crying, and asking for nothing but mercy; they call Him Son of David, because that seemed to be a name of honor.

REMIG; Rightly they call Him Son of David, because the Virgin Mary was of the line of David.

JEROME; Let Marcion and Manichaeus, and the other heretics who mangle the Old Testament, hear this, and learn that the Savior is called the Son of David; for if He was not born in the flesh, how is He the Son of David?

CHRYS; Observe that the Lord often times desired to be asked to heal, that none should think that He was eager to seize an occasion of display.

JEROME; Yet were they not healed by the way-side and in passing as they had thought to be; but when He was entered into the house, they come to Him; and first their faith is made proof of, that so they may receive the light of the true faith. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this?

CHRYS; Here again He teaches us to exclude the desire of fame; because there was a house nearby, He takes them there to heal them apart.

REMIG; He who was able to give sight to the blind, was not ignorant whether they believed; but He asked them, in order that the faith which they bore in their hearts, being confessed by their mouth might be made deserving of a higher reward, according to that of the Apostle, By the mouth confession is made into salvation.

CHRYS; And not for this reason only, but that He might make manifest that they were worthy of healing, and that none might object, that if mercy alone saved, then ought all to be saved. Therefore also He requires faith of them, that He may thereby raise their thoughts higher; they had called Him the Son of David, therefore He instructs them that they should think higher things of Him. Thus He does not say to them, Do you believe that I can ask the Father? But do you believe that I am able to do this? They say to him, Yea Lord. They call Him no more Son of David, but exalt Him higher, and confess His dominion. Then He lays His hand upon them; as it fellows, Then he touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it to you. This He says confirming their faith, and testifying that what they had said were not words of flattery. Then follows the cure and their eyes were opened. And after this, His injunction that they should tell it to no man; and this is not a simple command, but with much earnestness, And Jesus straightly charged them, saying, See that no man know it but they went forth, and spread abroad the fame of hum through the whole country.

JEROME; The Lord from humility shunning the fame of His glorious works, gave them this charge, and they from gratitude cannot be silent respecting so great a benefit.

CHRYS; That He said to another man, Go, and proclaim the glory of God, is not contrary to this for what He would teach is, that we should hinder those that would commend us for ourselves. But when it is the Lord's glory that is to be praised, we ought not to forbid, but to promote it ourselves.

HILARY; Or He enjoins silence on the blind men, because to preach was the Apostles' office.

GREG; We must inquire how this is that the Almighty, whose will and power are coextensive, should have here willed that His excellent works should be hid in silence, and is yet preached against His will, as it were, by these men who have received their sight. It is only that He herein has left an example to His servants who follow Him, that they should desire their own good deeds to be hid, and that notwithstanding they should be made known against their will, that others may profit by their example. They should then be hid by design, and published of compulsion; their concealment is by our own watchfulness, their betrayal is for others' profit.

REMIG; Allegorically; By these two blind men are denoted the two nations of Jews and Gentiles, or the two nations of the Jewish race; for in the time of Roboam his kingdom was split into two parts. Out of both nations such as believed on Him Christ gave sight to in the house, by which is understood the Church; for without the unity of the Church no man can be saved. And they of the Jews who had believed the Lord's coming spread the knowledge thereof throughout the whole earth.

RABAN; The house of the ruler is the Synagogue which was ruled by Moses; the house of Jesus is the heavenly Jerusalem. As the Lord passed through this world and was returning to His own house, two blind men followed Him; that is, when the Gospel was preached by the Apostles, many of the Jews and Gentiles began to follow Him. But when He ascended into Heaven, then He entered His house, that is, into the confession of one faith which is in the Catholic Church, and in that they were enlightened.

Catena Aurea Matthew 9
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Jesus heals two blind men, with an apostle behind him.

Mosaic (6th c.)

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Catholic
Almanac:
Friday, December 7
Liturgical Color: White

Today is the Memorial of St. Ambrose, bishop and Doctor of the Church. During the 4th century St. Ambrose fought to eliminate the Arian heresy. This widespread heresy denied the divinity of Christ. Arians believed God the Father created Jesus.

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Catholic Culture

Daily Readings for: December 07, 2012
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: O God, who made the Bishop Saint Ambrose a teacher of the Catholic faith and a model of apostolic courage, raise up in your Church men after your own heart to govern her with courage and wisdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Advent: December 7th

Memorial of St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor

Old Calendar: St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose (340-397) was born at Treves in Gaul, a territory which embraced modern France, Britain, Spain, and part of Africa. He studied in Rome and later became governor of Liguria and Aemelia with residence at Milan. While supervising the election of a new bishop of Milan in 374, he himself was suddenly acclaimed the bishop. He was only a catechumen at the time. He was ordained a priest and consecrated a bishop on Dec. 7. He wrote much on the Scriptures and Fathers, preached a homily every Sunday, resisted the interference of the secular powers with the rights of the Church, opposed the heretics, and was instrumental in bringing about the conversion of St. Augustine. He composed many hymns, promoted sacred chant, and took a great interest in the Liturgy.

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St. Ambrose
Around the year 333 Ambrose was born at Trier, the child of a noble Roman family. After his father's death he went to Rome, and was soon appointed consul with residence at Milan. While attempting to settle a dispute between the Arians and Catholics over the choice of a bishop, he himself was chosen, although only a catechumen at the time. Thereupon he devoted himself wholeheartedly to the study of theology, and gave his possessions to the poor. He was an illustrious preacher, and through his sermons brought Augustine to the faith and baptized him.

Candid and fearless no matter how strong the opposition, Ambrose was directed to confront Maximus, the murderer of the Emperor Gratian. When Maximus refused to do penance, Ambrose excommunicated him. Later he denied Emperor Theodosius entrance into church for his massacre of the inhabitants of Thessalonica. It was on this occasion that allusion was made to [King] David as a murderer and adulterer, and Ambrose retorted: "You have followed him in sin, now follow him in repentance." Humbly, Theodosius accepted the penance imposed.

We often meet this saint in the Divine Office as a teacher and as an inspired composer of hyms (fourteen of the hymns attributed to him are definitely authentic, true pearls of religious poetry). His writings are vibrant with ancient Christian liturgical spirit, for his life was wholly rooted in mystery and sacrament. We can profit greatly by reading Ambrose's works. He is one of the four great Latin Doctors of the Church.

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

Patron: bee keepers; bees; candlemakers; chandlers; domestic animals; French Commissariat; learning; Milan, Italy; schoolchildren; students; wax melters; wax refiners.

Symbols: Scourge; beehive; tower; dove; cope and mitre; human bones; scroll with staff of music; pen book and pen; cross; chalice; bull; knotted scourge; two scourges; goose; writing tablet and stylus; heart surmounted with flame; scroll with quotation from writings.
Often Portrayed As: Bishop holding a church in his hand; beehive; man arguing with a pagan; with Saint Gregory the Great, Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine of Hippo.

Things To Do:



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Doctors of the Catholic Church






St Ambrose is the first Doctor of the Church and called the Pastoral Doctor. He placed the church first with each member as his highest priority. Service to each member and defending that honor was his daily and continual aim throughout his lifetime.

Ambrose is also called the "Patron of the Veneration of Mary". He firmly maintained that population increases in direct proportion to the esteem virginity is held. He laid the foundation for Marian thinking in the West.

Nearly everyone knows that it was due to St Monica's prayers and St Ambrose's support that Monica's son found God and was bapized by Ambrose. That person later became a bishop for many years in Africa and later a great pastor himself, and a Doctor of the Church. He is Saint Augustine.

St Ambrose started his career as a young politican and became the people's choice to become Bishop of Milan when the Arian bishop died. He had great presence and was one of the most influential men of the fourth century. His great speaking ability, tact, and decisiveness brought the emperor to do penance for crimes committed.

"It was but natural that a prelate so high-minded, so affable, so kind to the poor, so completely devoting his great gifts to the service of Christ and of humanity, should soon win the enthusiastic love of his people. Rarely, if ever, has a Christian bishop been so universally popular, in the best sense of that much abused term, as Ambrose of Milan. This popularity, conjoined with his intrepidity, was the secret of his success in routing enthroned iniquity." The quote is taken from New Advent listed in the resources at the end, below.



St Ambrose, 340-397. Pastoral Doctor, Feast Dec 7th.


35 posted on 12/07/2012 8:58:10 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Meditation: Matthew 9:27-31

Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“Son of David, have pity on us!” (Matthew 9:27)

According to conventional wis­dom, men don’t like to ask for directions. It’s somehow seen as a sign of weakness. A man should be able to find his way, know where he is going, and be independent enough not to ask for help. But what happens when a man is in a desper­ate situation, and he absolutely must get help? If he’s smart, he’ll ask!

These two men were obviously desperate enough to cry out to Jesus. What else would move them to make so much noise—only to attract the attention of a carpen­ter’s son? They probably didn’t have much to lose at this point, and they just might get something really good out of their ruckus.

But notice that, in their des­peration, there was also a degree of faith. When they called out to Jesus, they didn’t just say: “Hey, you!” They said: “Son of David, have pity on us!” (Matthew 9:27). Somehow, they sensed that there was something special about Jesus, that he was from God. So not only did they know how much they needed help, they believed that Jesus could actually help them. And they were not disappointed!

It’s interesting to see that these men identified Jesus as the “Son of David.” They called out to him using a title that was filled with meaning in their Jewish faith. God had promised King David that one day a descendant of his would rise up to rule Israel on a throne that would “endure forever” before him (2 Samuel 7:12-16). Drawing from these words, priests and prophets began to speak of a Messiah who would come at the time of fulfill­ment to bring Israel into a new era of peace and prosperity. They began to look for a new ruler who would be God’s instrument of healing, deliver­ance, and hope for the people.

Isn’t that amazing? In their des­peration for healing, these two blind men spoke words of pro­phetic fulfillment. Jesus is the true Son of David. He has come to heal and restore us. He has established a kingdom that cannot be shaken. He rules from a throne that will never falter. This is our Messiah, the answer to all our longings. Let’s welcome him today—crying out in faith and surrender.

“Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Son of David, have pity on me!”

Isaiah 29:17-24; Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14


36 posted on 12/07/2012 9:00:37 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Marriage = One Man and One Woman
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Daily Marriage Tip for December 7, 2012:

The love between husband and wife expands when shared with others. Consider adopting a family for the holidays, or participate in your parish’s Giving Tree.


37 posted on 12/07/2012 9:05:09 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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When We Show Humility and Faith, You Act, O Lord
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Memorial of Saint Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church

 

Matthew 9:27-31

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,

“Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to begin this prayer with the same attitude that these two blind men demonstrated. I approach you with humility and full knowledge of my sins. I do not try to hide them—you already know them through and through. Instead, I repent of them and offer you a contrite heart that longs for your healing touch of mercy.

Petition: Lord Jesus, help me to see as you see.

1. Son of David, Have Pity on Us! Lord Jesus, these blind men sought you with attitudes of humility and contrition. They approached you fully aware of their limitations and weaknesses. In fact, it was because of these limitations that they drew near to you. Perhaps if they had been healthy they might never have moved toward you. They didn’t feel any self-pity or approach you complaining about their situation. They didn’t ask, “Why did you allow me to be born blind? It’s not fair that I cannot see. Why did this have to happen to me?” They asked none of these questions in the face of suffering—the type of questions I am so prone to ask. Lord, please help me to be profoundly aware of my weaknesses and to draw near to you in the midst of trials. Those men who had once been blind were able to soar high with their wings of faith. What gifts of grace does Our Lord wish to grant me through my current ills and woes?

2. Do You Believe That I Can Do This? Lord Jesus, all things were created through you. I truly believe that you can heal; I truly believe that you can cure; I truly believe that you have total power over all created realities. Please increase my faith in you and in your power over all the events and activities of my life. I believe that you permit all that happens to me for a reason. If it is something that is difficult, you permit it so that you can bring good from it. Please strengthen me so that I can collaborate with you in bringing good out of evil.

3. They Went Out and Spread Word of Him throughout the Land: When we approach you with humility and faith, you act in our lives in truly remarkable ways. Your actions in our lives cause us to love you more and to experience within ourselves a profound gratitude. Despite your stern warning, the blind men couldn’t keep silent about your curing them. How else can we show our gratitude than by telling those around us about the great things you have done for us? Your actions in our lives inspire us to spread your word. How can we put that light under a bushel basket? How can a city set on a hill be hidden? How can we not tell those around us of all the great things you have done for us?

Conversation with Christ: Lord, your ways are not our ways. You see good where we may only see evil. I need a vision of faith so I can interpret actions and events with an attitude of confidence and gratitude. You are in charge. I trust in you and want to convince many others to confide in you as well.

Resolution: I will offer a word or gesture of encouragement to somebody in need.


38 posted on 12/07/2012 9:11:27 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Running After Him

 

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39 posted on 12/07/2012 9:21:00 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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One Bread, One Body

 


<< Friday, December 7, 2012 >> St. Ambrose
 
Isaiah 29:17-24
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Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 Matthew 9:27-31
 

CONFIDENTIALLY

 
"Jesus said to them, 'Are you confident I can do this?' " —Matthew 9:28
 

When Jesus came at the first Christmas, He came as the Fulfillment of the old covenant, of the law and the prophets (Mt 5:17). During this first week of Advent, the Church shows us how Jesus fulfills the amazing prophecies of Isaiah.

When Jesus came at the first Christmas, many had been waiting their entire lives for the Messiah, but still didn't recognize Him when He came. It was as though they were blind to what God was doing. On one hand, they were waiting for God to fulfill His promises; on the other hand, they weren't confident that God would fulfill His promises anytime soon (see Mt 9:28).

In some areas of our lives, we've also been waiting a long time for God to act. It may be the conversion of a loved one, the overturning of an injustice, or the renewal of your parish. God is always active, but we may be blind to it. Are we losing confidence in God because we don't see any sign of His action in this area? The Lord promises fulfillment, saying, "Out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see" what He is doing (Is 29:18).

Advent is a time when we prepare to meet Jesus at His Christmas coming. Jesus came to fulfill all His promises (Mt 5:17). He asks you: "Are you confident I can do this?" (Mt 9:28) "Wait for the Lord with courage" (Ps 27:14) and unwavering faith. Be confident and "ready to greet Him when He comes."

 
Prayer: Jesus, Messiah, open my eyes that I may see You this Christmas (2 Kgs 6:17) and have confidence in You.
Promise: "Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding." —Is 29:24
Praise: St. Ambrose, referring to Scripture, wrote: "He who is full, refreshes others." Full of the Spirit himself, St. Ambrose refreshed St. Augustine greatly as he converted from his sinful life to become a Doctor of the Catholic Church.

40 posted on 12/07/2012 9:23:15 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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