Advent Calendar

1st weekday of Advent

02/12/2013 12:01 am

Welcoming God Into Our Hearts

God of hosts, bring us back: let your face shine on us and we shall be saved Psalm 79

The fruit of the earth shall be the pride and adornment of Israel's Survivors.

~o~

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 8:5-11

When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”

~o~

The Holy Father's prayer intentions for December:

General intention:

That migrants throughout the world may be welcomed with generosity and authentic love, especially by Christian communities.

Missionary intention:

That Christ may reveal himself to all humanity with the light that shines forth from Bethlehem and is reflected in the face of his Church.

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