by Deacon Ken and Marie Finn



Pray and ask God to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.



FIRST DAY Reread last week’s readings.

1.   What was a helpful or new thought from the readings or from the homily you heard on Sunday?


2.   From what you learned, what personal application did you choose to apply to your life this week?



SECOND DAY             READ ISAIAH 60:1-6         FIRST READING

               (“But upon you the Lord shines.”)

l.   To what are the Israelites being called, whose light has come, and what shines upon the Israelites?   Isaiah 60:1


2.   How did the glory of the Lord appear in the following scriptures? Exodus 16:7,10 Exodus 24:16, 17 Leviticus 9:6, 23, 24 Ezekiel 3:12-13 Luke 2:9


Personal – In your life, in what way has “the glory of the Lord” appeared to you?


3.   What covers the earth and the unbelievers?   Isaiah 60:2


4.   Upon whom does the Lord shine, and what appears over them? Isaiah 60:2


5.   Fill in the blank: Nations shall walk by your _____________ and kings by your shining radiance.   Isaiah 60:3


6.   Who is the light?   John 8:12


7.   Why must we raise our eyes, and who comes to the light? Isaiah 60:4


8.   Who shall be radiant, whose heart shall overflow, and what will happen to the sea and the nations?   Isaiah 60:5


9.   What will the camels do, and from where will they come?

Isaiah 60:6


10.  What shall they bear, and what will they be proclaiming? Isaiah 60:6


Personal – In what way is the light of Christ shining through you in your family, your work, and your environment? Are people drawn to you because they see that light within you?




(“In Christ Jesus the Gentiles are now co-heirs with the Jews.”)

1.   Who heard of the ministry which God gave Paul, and for whose regard?  Ephesians 3:2, Eph. 2:11


2.   What was revealed?   Ephesians 3:3


3.   What was unknown to men in former ages?   Ephesians 3:4-5


4.   Who has revealed this mystery, and to whom was this mystery revealed?   Ephesians 3:5


5.   Read the following scriptures:  John 14:26, Acts 11:12, 1 Corinthians 2:1


Personal – Do you listen each day for the Holy Spirit’s instruc­tions for you? What has he taught you as you have been reading his word? Remember to pray before you read God’s word, asking the Holy Spirit to teach you and give you wisdom, knowledge, and obedience to follow his plan for your life.


6.   Who were some of the holy apostles and prophets, and by whom were they sent? Isaiah 1:1, Jeremiah 1:1, John 1:35-50, Romans 1:1


7.   What is the mystery revealed?   Ephesians 3:6-8


8.   How do the Gentiles and the Jews become co-heirs? Ephesians 3:6


9.   Whom has God commissioned to preach the Gospel?   Ephesians 3:6 Matthew 28:18-20


Personal – In what way have you ever felt called to teach or share God’s Word with others? A good beginning is to share with your spouse, children or a close friend how the Lord has touched you in his Word or from the homily on Sunday.



FOURTH DAY             READ MATTHEW 2:1-12               GOSPEL

       (“They prostrated themselves and did him homage.”)

1.   Where was Jesus born, who was king at that time, and who arrived from the east?   Matthew 2:1


2.   Read the following scriptures: Daniel 2:27 and Daniel 4:4.  According to these verses, are those who read the stars able to know God’s plan for their lives?


3.   Who is the only sign we follow?  Isaiah 7:14 Luke 11:30


4.   For whom were the astrologers searching, and what did they observe?   Matthew 2:2


5.   How did King Herod react, and who reacted along with him? Matthew 2:3


6.   Whom did King Herod summon, and what did he inquire of them? Matthew 2:4


7.   What did the chief priest and scribes tell Herod, and to what prophet were they referring?  Matthew 2:5, Micah 1:1 5:1


8.   What is the ruler to do?   Matthew 2:6


9.   Read the following and write out your favorite verse: John 10:11, John 10:14, John 10:16, Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 2:25, 1 Peter 5:3-4, Revelation 7:1


Personal – Share the scripture you chose and tell how it has affected your life.


10.  What did King Herod find out from the astrologers? Matthew 2:7


11.  Where did he send them, and what were his instructions to them?   Matthew 2:8


12.  What was the astrologer’s reaction to the star as they followed it?   Matthew 2:10


Personal – Have you had any insight to God’s light in his Word? What is your reaction to this?


13.  When the astrologers found the child with his mother, Mary, what did they do? Is this in fulfillment of the Old    Testament prophesy?  Matthew 2:11, Isaiah 60:5-6


Personal – Have you bowed before the Lord? How have you prostrated yourself in homage before our Holy God? In his presence in the Eucharist, have you knelt to do him homage, or do you do it just out of habit? Reflect on this.


FIFTH DAY              READ PSALM 72:1-13

     (“For he shall rescue the poor man when he cries out.”)

Read and meditate on Psalm 72:1-13.

What is the Lord saying to you personally through the Psalm?


How can you apply this to your daily spiritual life?




                         ISAIAH 60:1-6

This week’s reading from Isaiah comes from a section sometimes called Third Isaiah (Chapters 55-66), and is generally considered to be written by an unknown poet. The time of this passage is about 535 B.C. and it prophesies the role of the temple and offers to open its doors to all other nations. The invitation was given to the whole world to join the ranks of Israel as the Lord’s chosen people.

Isaiah is calling on the people to rise up in the splendor and radiance of the Lord (verse 1). He tells them that the glory of the Lord shines in them and through them (verse 3). He urges them to be confident in that love and they will become leaders of all nations and many from all nations will be drawn to them (verses 4-5).

Today we are being called to rise up and become symbols of light and hope. We are called to be a light to a world that is covered with much darkness. We can be a light to the world only as long as we walk in the light of Christ. Each one of us is called by the Psalmist (Psalm 119:105) to be a light unto each other’s path. We are being called today, as in the time of Isaiah, to let the glory of God’s light shine through all of us.


                      EPHESIANS 3:2-3,5-6

Paul wrote this letter while in prison awaiting trial before Nero. He reflects on his mission to the Gentiles (those who do not believe in the Jewish faith), and he speaks about his own conver­sion as being a great mystery of Christ.

Paul was on a journey to Damascus to persecute disciples of the Lord when suddenly a light flashed around him that seemed to come from heaven. He was challenged by the Lord to stop persecut­ing him and to come follow him. Paul did and his whole life changed. He uses that conversion experience to bring others to the Lord (Acts 9:3-9). He claimed his place as an apostle because he was an eyewitness to the Lord during his “metanoia” or conversion experience.

Paul gained a deeper understanding of God’s plan of salva­tion through Christ. He reveals to us in this letter that into his life had come the great secret of God. That secret was that the love and mercy and grace of God were meant not for the Jews alone, but for all mankind. When Paul met Christ on the road to Damascus there was a sudden flash of revelation that affected his whole life. That “metanoia” is open to all of us, and we are being called to bring to the world that same message. It was to the Gentiles that God sent Paul, to open their eyes that they might turn from darkness to light. We hear Paul stating very boldly that God’s love and mercy are given to all, Jews and Gentiles alike.


                         MATTHEW 2:1-12

We celebrate the feast of Epiphany, which means the visita­tion of the seekers or as they are often called, the Magi, and Christ’s manifestation of his glory to them. It was in Bethlehem, a little town six miles south of Jerusalem, that Jesus was born.

The name Bethlehem means “house of bread,” and the manger in which Jesus slept was used to feed the animals. It is significant that Jesus was born in a place called “house of bread,” as he chose to feed us with his Word and in his presence in the Euchar­ist. He calls himself “Living Bread,” in John 6:35-66, and we share his living bread in our liturgies in accordance with scripture (Luke 22:14-20), in churches throughout the world.

Bethlehem was where Jacob buried Rachel (Genesis 48:7) and it was there that Ruth married Boaz (Ruth 4:13). This city was the home of David (1 Sam. 16:1, 17:12, 20:6) and it was in Bethlehem that the Jews expected God’s Anointed One to come into the world (Micah 5:1-2). When Jesus was born, there came to Beth­lehem seekers from the east to do him homage. The Magi were holy and wise men and were skilled in philosophy, medicine, natural sciences, soothsaying, and interpretation of dreams. Many later became members of a tribe of pagan priests in Persia and functioned much like the Levite priests in Israel.

About the same time that Jesus was born, the Roman poet, Virgil, was praising through his writings and poems the “savior of the world,” the emperor, Augustus Caesar of Rome. So it was to a waiting world that Jesus came and the astrologers from lands far away gathered at his cradle. It was the first sign and symbol of the world’s conquest by Jesus Christ.

Today many of the learned men and women are coming to praise the King of Kings, Jesus; but many are not. What about you? Is Jesus your King and are you bringing him your presence as a gift? We need to reflect on the gift given to all who believe in the Christ Child of Bethlehem. The gift is being co-heirs of his kingdom, members of the one body and sharers of the promise. Have we made someone feel like an unwanted stranger? Have we dared label anyone a foreigner, alien, outsider, or pagan? Have we welcomed all to our “manger scene?” Is the light in our hearts drawing others to him, as the star did in Bethlehem? The manifestation of the star’s brilliance spoke to the Magi of the entry of a King into the world. The glory of God’s love for all is called to be manifested in us through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the saving name of Jesus Christ.



Isaiah urges us to look at the glory of God being unfolded before us, and calls upon the people to rise up from the shackles of captivity. In Ephesians Paul describes God’s secret plan, and in Matthew we see the wise men overjoyed at the results of following the star.

This week, like the wise men or Magi, let us bring Jesus our gift. Yours might be a gift of joy or love, peace or patience, etc. Then you need to share this gift with someone in your family or work place. The wise men came in humility and left encouraged and full of hope. We can expect no less, when we bring Jesus our gift.

Lectio Divina – Holy Family Sunday (Dec. 30th) – Cycle C

PURPOSE OF THIS SCRIPTURE READING – Develop a personal relationship with Jesus through the Word of God with the understanding that the Holy Spirit will teach and remind us of all Jesus said and did. Psalm 32:8 tells us, “I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel and watch over you.”

  1. Say the opening prayer
  2. Read the passage slowly three times as though Jesus were talking to you.
  3. Converse with Jesus, asking questions and listening to Him.


Father, I can’t understand Your Word without Your grace, I acknowledge my weakness so Your power can reach perfection in me. Send Your Holy Spirit to remind, teach, and guide me to the Truth. May I share as soon as possible whatever You teach me. AMEN


Luke 2:41-52 – Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.

What is the Lord personally saying to you?





What does the Lord personally want you to do?


El Pan de Vida Estudio de Biblia Católico – Ciclo C

by Deacon Ken and Marie Finn





PRIMER DIA                      Vuelve a leer las lecturas de la semana pasada. 

  1. ¿Cuál fue el mensaje qué recibiste de la homilia o de las lecturas que oiste en misa el domingo?


  1. ¿De lo que aprendiste, qué escogiste para aplicar a tu vida esta semana?


SEGUNDO DIA                                               ECLESIASTICO 3:2-6, 12-14                         PRIMERA LECTURA

                                                                (“Quien honra a su padre paga sus pecados.”)

  1. ¿Qué dice el Señor a los hijos sobre sus padres y qué es lo que El confirma sobre ellos?  Eclesiastico 3:2


  1. ¿Qué sucede a quién respeta a su padre? Eclesiastico 3:3


  1. ¿Qué es lo que se prepara a quien venera a su madre? Eclesiastico 3:4


  1. ¿Qué es lo que acontencerá a quien honra a su padre y qué sucederá cuando él ore? Eclesiastico 3:5


  1. ¿Qué sucederá a quien venere a su padre? Eclesiastico 3:6 y Exodo 20:12


  1. ¿Qué es lo que está haciendo quien da consuelo a su madre? Eclesiastico 3:6


  1. ¿Qué debemos y qué no debemos hacer cuando nuestro padre llega a su vejez?      Eclesiastico 3:12


  1. ¿A quién debemos escuchar y por qué razón y a quién no debemos menospreciar? Proverbios 23:22


  1. ¿Cómo debemos tratar a nuestro padre, aun cuando su mente le falle? Eclesiastico 3:13


  1. ¿Qué es lo que no será olvidado y cómo servirá esto? Eclesiastico 3:14


Personal – ¿De qué manera escuchas y honras a ambos, tu padre terrenal y tu padre celestial? ¿En qué forma tu padre terrenal se ha convertido en un peso para ti en su vejez? Compara tus relaciones con tu padre celestial y tu padre aquí en la tierra. Arrepiéntete cuando sea necesario.



TERCER DIA                                                       COLOSENSES 3:12-21                              SEGUNDA LECTURA

                                           (“Hijos, obedezcan a sus padres en todo, porque eso agrada al Señor.”)

  1. ¿Cuáles son los cinco sentimientos con que debemos vestirnos y porqué razón? Colosenses 3:12-13


  1. ¿Cómo se llaman estas cinco cualidades en Gálatas 5:22?


  1. ¿Qué es lo que debemos hacer unos a otros y qué debemos hacer con cualquier motivo de queja que pudiéramos tener contra otros?   Colosenses 3:13


  1. ¿Por qué debemos perdonar? Colos 3:13


  1. ¿Qué dijo Jesús mientras moría en la cruz y a quién hablaba El? Lucas 23:34


  1. ¿En el Padre Nuestro, qué decimos y qué dice El Padre? Mateo 6:12-15


Personal – ¿Cómo has pecado y recibido el perdón de Dios? ¿De que modo se refleja esto por el perdón que das a otros cuando ellos te han ofendido?


  1. ¿Qué virtud ponemos por encima de todas las otras? Colosenses 3:14


  1. ¿Qué debe reinar en nuestros corazones, de qué somos miembros, a qué somos llamados y a qué debemos dedicarnos?  Colosenses 3:15


  1. ¿Qué debe habitar en nosotros, cómo debemos tratarnos unos a otros y cómo debemos cantar agradecidamente a Dios? Colosenses 3:16


  1. ¿Cuanta cosa hagamos, de palabra o acción ¿en nombre de quién debemos hacerlo y a quién debemos dar gracias?                 Colosenses 3:17


  1. ¿Cómo deben obrar los maridos hacia sus esposas y cómo la esposa debe actuar hacia su marido?        Colosenses 3:18-19


  1. ¿Cómo deben los hijos actuar hacia sus padres y cómo deben los padres obrar con sus hijos?       Colosenses 3:20-21


Personal – ¿Qué piensas que causa la mayor parte de las separaciones en las familias de hoy? ¿Cómo piensas que esto pueda remediarse? ¿En qué forma obedeces o desobedeces lo que Dios dice en Colosenses 3:18-21? Reflexiona sobre esto y haz cambios donde sea necesario. Acuérdate, nosotros recibimos gracia por medio del sacramento de reconciliación.


CUARTO DIA                                                              LUCAS 2:41-52                                                       EVANGELIO

                                                     (“No sabían que tengo que estar en la casa de mi Padre?”)

  1. ¿Adonde iban José y María cada año, y qué hicieron cuando Jesús tenía doce años?  Lucas 2:41-42


  1. ¿Qué no sabian José y María cuando iban de regreso? Lucas 2:43


  1. ¿Adonde creian que se encontraba Jesús? ¿Qué hicieron y a donde fueron cuando no lo encontraron?        Lucas 2:44-45


  1. ¿Qué es lo que nuestro Padre celestial no quiere que pase? Mateo 18:14


  1. ¿En dónde encontraron a Jesús, qué estaba haciendo y cuál fue la reacción de todos los que le          escuchaban?   Lucas 2:46-47


  1. ¿Quién te instruye en todo? Juan 14:26


Personal – ¿Qué aprendiste la ultima vez que te sentaste y escuchaste a tu maestro?


  1. ¿Cuál fue la reacción de los padres de Jesús cuando lo vieron y qué le dijo su madre? Lucas 2:48


  1. ¿Qué le dijo Jesús a Sus padres? ¿Comprendieron lo que El decía? Lucas 2:49-50


  1. ¿Qué hizo Jesús, como vivió desde entonces y qué hizo Su madre? Lucas 2:51


  1. A quién debemos obedecer y a quién le complace esto? Colosenses 3:20


Personal – ¿Cómo has adelantado en sabiduría y conocimiento de la voluntad de Dios en relación a tu propia vida?


QUINTO DIA                                                          LEE SALMO 128:1-5

                                                         (“Felices los que temen al Señor y siguen su camino.”)

Leé y medita el Salmo 128:1-5.

¿Qué te dice personalmente el Señor po medio de este Salmo?


¿Cómo puedes aplicar esto a tu vida diaria?



SEXTO DIA                                                  LEE TODO EL COMENTARIO

                                                                            ECLESIASTICO 3:2-6, 12-14

                 Sira fue un judío piadoso y de buena educación que vivió dos siglos antes de Cristo. El escribió una colección de dichos para ayudar a vivir a otros sus vidas de acuerdo con la Sagrada Palabra de Dios. En el pasaje de hoy él habla de la familia. El nos demuestra que la unidad familiar ha sido honrada como fundación de la raza humana.

La fundación de la familia fue tradicionalmente el padre y él tuvo el lugar de honor. Al padre se le dió el derecho de ser respetado y obedecido por su familia. Vemos también que la madre comparte la autoridad con el padre en el hogar. La autoridad de ambos padres, de acuerdo con la Palabra de Dios, debe ser respetada por los hijos.

Realmente este pasaje es muy pertinente a la familia de hoy porque la estructura familiar se encuentra bajo severos ataques de Satanás. Los hijos que respetan a sus padres no solamente cumplen la voluntad de Dios, también van almacenando recompensas espirituales. A través de los siglos se ha visto que los hijos que respetan a sus padres generalmente tienen hijos que respetarán a sus padres.

Vemos que la oración es muy importante para el crecimiento de la familia y que todas las oraciones son contestadas. Quien es llamado a amar, honrar y respetar a sus padres lleva consigo la promesa de que sus hijos le cuidaran en su vejez con amor y respeto. Una larga vida es un signo de la bendición de Dios para aquellos que siguen sus mandamientos.

Los hijos son llamados a cuidar con cariñoso afecto a sus padres que avejentan. Los hijos que han aprendido a respetar a sus padres están respentando a Dios. No importa cuan debiles, mental o fisicamente, los padres puedan ponerse, es responsabilidad de los hijos el cuidar de ellos. Esto no es algo así como un lema de un programa de bienestar social; esto es de acuerdo con la Sagrada Palabra de Dios. Dios quiere amor, bondad, respeto, y honor de los hijos hacía sus padres, sacrificios, comodidades, seguridad, etc.



Pablo escribió esta carta mientras estaba prisionero en Roma. Un compañero, de nombre Epafras, le dijo que creyentes convertidos recientemente a la fe cristiana estaban siendo perturbados por falsos maestros. La carta de Pablo describe algunas reglas muy prácticas para los cristianos; el de revestirse a si mismos con compasión, bondad, humildad, mansedumbre y paciencia. Pablo está diciéndoles que esas virtudes deben estar firmes en sus corazones para que la comunidad viva la visión Cristiana.

El don de perdonar es la principal virtud del cristiano. Esto es lo que nos separa de los no creyentes. Dios borró todos nuestros pecados con el Bautismo y está constantemente esperando para lavar todos los pecados del pecador arrepentido en el Sacramento de Reconciliación. Debemos también imitar a Dios y estar deseosos de perdonar a un hermano o hermana arrepentida. Pablo otra vez muestra a Cristo como la cabeza del cuerpo y como fuente de unidad, armonía y paz. Oímos que no es suficiente conocer las doctrinas de Cristo, pero que debemos vivir la vida de Cristo y nuestras vidas deben ser testimonio del bien y producir fruto.

Hoy, como entonces, estamos llamados a ayudar a cada miembro de la familia de Dios. Pablo se ocupa de la familia diciéndole a los maridos “Amad a vuestras esposas” y a las esposas les dice de someterse a la autoridad espiritual del marido. Los hijos son llamados a obedecer a sus padres. Esto puede parecer común hoy, pero en el tiempo de Pablo, las esposas tenían pocos derechos y eran a menudo consideradas como propiedad del marido. El llamado de Pablo de, “Amad a vuestras esposas” pone a la mujer en paridad y completa participación en la autoridad de la familia. Pablo también dice a los padres que no provoquen a sus hijos. La autoridad del padre viene de Dios, y esta autoridad es la de dirigir, amar y servir a su familia. Un padre amante guía a sus hijos sirviéndoles en el nombre del Señor. Un padre amante se reviste con la mente de Cristo. (Filipenses 2:2-5).


LUCAS 2:41-52

                 De acuerdo con la ley de Dios todos los hombres debían ir a Jerusalen tres veces al año para loas fiestas grandes del Pan Acimo, de las Semanas y el de los Tabernáculos (Deut. 16:16). En la primavera se había celebrado la Pascua, seguida inmediatamente por la fiesta del Pan Acimo. Jesús apenas acababa de alcanzar la edad adulta, así que no pasó mucho tiempo con Sus padres durante el festival. La gente viajaba en caravanas a la ciudad y era normal que las mujeres y los niños viajaran al frente. Un muchacho de doce años podía estar con cualquiera de los dos grupos y probablemente María y José asumieron que Jesús estaba con el otro.

La caravana, sin embargo, partió de Jerusalén sin Jesús quien estaba absorto en Su discusión con los líderes religiosos. Quizá el estaba ansioso de escuchar y preguntar cosas para explorar algunos temas. No fue su juventud, sino la profundidad de Sus pensamientos lo que sorprendió a los maestros. María buscaba con mucha inquietud y cuando finalmente lo halló, supo que tenía que dejar de verlo como a su niño y permitirle hacerse hombre.

Para los padres es dulce y doloroso a la vez ver a sus hijos hacerse adultos. Pero cuando llega el tiempo de retirarse y dejarlos ser, debemos hacerlo a pesar del dolor que esto nos cause. Así nuestros hijos podrán volar y encumbrarse en las alturas que Dios tiene en mente para ellos.

Este fue el primer aviso en que Jesús se dá cuenta de que El es el Hijo de Dios. Pero aún cuando sabía quien era Su Verdadero Padre, el no rechazó a Sus padres terrenales. El pueblo de Dios no rechaza las relaciones familiares o las responsabilidades familiares. Si Jesucristo obedeció a Sus padres, cuanto más debemos nosotros honrar a nuestros padres.


La primera lectura enfatiza que la unidad familiar ha sido honrada como el fundamento de la raza humana.  La segunda lectura muestra que los falsos maestros son destructivos para la familia y la sociedad.  El Evangelio revela la responsabilidad de Jesús de obedecer a sus padres.

Hoy, permite que lo que estés sufriendo sea por el Señor y por alguien más en tu familia. Quizá puedes ofrecer tu dolor por alguien que se droga o que es alcoholico. Escoje un miembro de tu familia o un amigo, o un compañero y reza toda esta semana por esa persona. Permite que tu alma sea traspasada para que el corazón de otros sea expuesto y busquen a Dios.




By Deacon Ken and Marie Finn



Pray and ask God to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.



FIRST DAY Reread last week’s readings. 

  1. What was a helpful or new thought from the readings or from the homily you heard on Sunday?


  1. From what you learned, what personal application did you choose to apply to your life this week?




          (“He who honors his father atones for sins.”) 

  1. Where does the Lord place a father over his children, and what does he confirm over sons?    Sirach 3:2


  1. What happens to one who honors his father? Sirach 3:3


  1. What do we store up when we revere our mother? Sirach    3:4


  1. By what is the man gladdened who honors his father, and what happens when he prays? Sirach 3:5


  1. What will happen to him who reveres his father?  Sirach 3:6, Exodus 20:12


  1. What is he doing who brings comfort to his mother? Sirach 3:6


  1. What are we to do, and what are we not to do when our father gets old?   Sirach 3:12


  1. To whom are we to listen, for what reason, and whom are we not to despise? Proverbs 23:22


  1. How are we to treat our father, even if his mind fails? Sirach 3:13


  1. What will not be forgotten, and as what will it serve?  Sirach 3:14


Personal – In what ways do you listen to and honor both your earthly father and your heavenly Father?  In what ways has your earthly father become a burden to you in his old age?  Compare your relationship with your heavenly Father and your earthly father. Repent where it is necessary.




        (“You children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.”) 

  1. With what five things are we to clothe ourselves, and for what reason?   Colossians 3:12-13


  1. What are these five qualities called, according to Galatians 5:22?


  1. What are we to do with one another, and what are we to do      over any grievance we may have for another?     Colossians 3:13


  1. Why are we to forgive? Colossians 3:13


  1. What did Jesus say as he was dying on the cross, and to whom was he speaking?    Luke 23:34


  1. In the Lord’s Prayer, what are we saying and what is the Father saying?   Matthew 6:12-15


Personal – How have you sinned and received the forgiveness of God? In what way is that reflected by your forgiveness of others when they have hurt you?


  1. What virtue do we put on over all the rest? Colossians 3:14


  1. What must reign in our hearts, of what are we members, to what are we called, and to what must we dedicate

     ourselves?   Colossians 3:15


  1. What must dwell in us, how are we to treat one another, and how are we to sing gratefully to God?    Colossians 3:16


  1. Whatever we do, in speech or action, in whose name are we to do it, and to whom are we to give thanks?

     Colossians 3:17


  1. How are husbands to act toward their wives, and how are wives to act toward their husbands? Colossians     3:18-19


  1. How are children to act toward their parents, and how are fathers to act toward their children?   Colossians   3:20-21


Personal – What do you think causes the most break-ups in the family today?  How do you think this can be remedied? In what ways are you obeying or disobeying what God says in Colossians 3:18-21. Reflect on this, and make changes where necessary. Remember, we receive grace from the sacrament of reconciliation.


FOURTH DAY               LUKE 2:41-52                   GOSPEL

    (“Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”) 

  1. Where did Mary and Joseph go each year, and what did they do when Jesus was 12 years old? Luke 2:41-42


  1. When Mary and Joseph were returning home, what did they not know? Luke 2:43


  1. Where did they think Jesus was, what did they do, and where did they go when they did not find him? Luke 2:44-45


  1. What is not the will of your heavenly Father? Matthew 18:14


  1. Where did they find Jesus, what was he doing, and what was the reaction of all who heard him? Luke 2:46-47


  1. Who instructs us in everything? John 14:26


Personal  –  What have you learned the last time you sat and listened to your teacher?


  1. What was the reaction of Jesus’ parents when they saw him, and what did his mother say to him? Luke 2:48


  1. What did Jesus say to his parents, and what was their understanding of it? Luke 2:49-50


  1. What did Jesus do, what was he to his parents, and what did his mother do? Luke 2:51


  1. Who are we to obey, and who does this please? Colossians 3:20


Personal – How have you advanced in wisdom and knowledge of God’s will for you in your personal life?



FIFTH DAY             READ PSALM 128:1-5

  (“Happy are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.”)

Read and meditate on Psalm 128:1-5.

What is the Lord saying to you personally through the Psalm?


How can you apply this to your life?



                      SIRACH 3:2-6, 12-14

     Sirach was a pious and learned Jew who lived in the second century B.C.  He wrote a collection of sayings to help others live their lives in accordance with God’s Holy Word.  In today’s passage he speaks of family. He shows us that the family unit has been honored as the foundation of the human race.

     The foundation of the family was traditionally the father and he had the place of honor. The father was given the right to be respected and obeyed by his family.  We see the mother also shares the authority with the father in the home. The authority of both parents in accordance with God’s Word is to be respected by the children.

     This passage really applies very strongly to today’s families because the family structure is under a severe attack by Satan. Children who respect their parents are not only doing God’s will, but also are storing up spiritual rewards for themselves. Over the centuries it has been shown that children who respect their parents generally have children who will respect their parents.

     We see that prayer is very important for a family’s growth and that all prayer is answered. The call to love, honor, and respect your parents carries with it the reward of your children’s care for you in your old age with love and respect, a long life thus becomes a sign of God’s blessing for those who follow his commands.

     Children are called to give their aging parents loving care. The child who has learned to respect his parents is respecting God. No matter how feeble, mentally or physically, one’s parents may become, it is the children’s responsibility to care for them. This is not some social health care program’s slogan; this is in accordance with God’s Holy Word. God wants love, kindness, respect, honor, sacrifice, comfort, safety, etc.



                      COLOSSIANS 3:12-21

     Paul wrote this letter while imprisoned in Rome. He was told by a follower, named Epaphras, that recent converts to the Christian faith were being disturbed by false teachers. Paul’s letter spells out some very practical rules for the Christians; to clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness and patience. Paul is telling them that these virtues must be secure in their hearts in order for the community to live out the Christian vision.

     Forgiveness is one of the main virtues of a Christian. This is what separates us from the non-believers. God wiped out all our sins in Baptism and is constantly waiting to wash away the sins of a repentant sinner in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We also must imitate God and be willing to forgive a repentant brother or sister. Paul again shows Christ as the head of the body and the source of unity, harmony and peace. We hear that it is not enough to know the doctrines of Christ, but we must live Christ’s life, and our lives must be witnesses of good and bearing fruit.

     Today, as then, we are called to help each member of the family of God. Paul deals with the family by telling the husband to “love your wife,” and wives to be subject to the spiritual authority of the husband. Children are called to obey their parents. This may sound common today, but in Paul’s time, wives had few rights and were often considered to be the property of the husband. Paul’s call to “love your wife” brings her into equality and a full sharing in the authority of the family. Paul also tells fathers not to provoke their children. The authority of a father comes from God, and this authority is to lead, to love, and to serve his family. A loving father leads his children by serving them in the name of the Lord.  A loving father puts on the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:2-5).


                         LUKE 2:41-52

     According to God’s law, every male was required to go to Jerusalem three times a year for the great festivals of Unleavened Bread, Weeks, and Shelters (Deut. 16:16). In the spring the Passover was celebrated, followed immediately by the week-long feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus has just reached the age of adulthood, so he did not spend a lot of time with his parents during the festival. The people traveled in caravans to the city and it was common for the women and children to travel at the front. A twelve year old boy could have been in either group, and probably Mary and Joseph assumed Jesus was with the other.

     The caravan, however, left Jerusalem without Jesus, who was absorbed in his discussion with the religious leaders. He would have been eager to listen and ask probing questions. It was not his youth, but the depth of his thoughts that amazed the teachers. Mary searched frantically, and when she finally found him, she knew she had to let go of her child and let him become a man.

     For parents, it is both sweet and painful to see our children as adults. But when the time comes to step back and let go, we must do so in spite of the hurt. Then our children can take flight and soar to the heights God intended for them.

     This was the first hint that Jesus realized he was God’s Son. But even though he knew his real Father, he did not reject his earthly parents. God’s people do not reject family relationships or family responsibilities. If Jesus Christ obeyed his parents, how much more we should honor our parents.



     The first reading emphasizes that the family unit has been honored as the foundation of the human race. The second reading shows false teachers are destructive to families and society. The Gospel reveals Jesus’ responsibility of obedience to his parents.

     Today, let your suffering be for the Lord and for someone else in your family. Maybe you can offer your pain for someone who is on drugs or alcohol. Pick a family member, friends, or a co-worker, and pray for that person all week. Let your soul be pierced so that the heart of others will be laid bare and they will turn to God.



 El Pan de Vida Estudio de Biblia Católico – Ciclo C

by Deacon Ken and Marie Finn




PRIMER DIA                       Vuelve a leer las lecturas de la semana pasada.

 ¿Cuál fue el mensaje qué recibiste de la homilía o de las lecturas que oiste en misa el domingo?


  1. ¿De lo que aprendiste, qué escogiste para aplicar a tu vida esta semana?


SEGUNDO DIA                                                           MIQUEAS 5:1-4                                     PRIMERA LECTURA

                                           (“El se pondrá de pie y guiará su rebaño con la autoridad del Señor.”)

  1. ¿Qué es demasiado pequeño para estar entre los pueblos de Judá? ¿Quién saldrá de allí y cuál será su origen? Miqueas 5:1


  1. ¿Quién era hijo de un oriundo de Efrata llamado Jesé, y de dónde era él? 1 Samuel 17:12


  1. ¿Qué hará El Señor hasta que aquélla que debe dar a luz tenga su hijo y qué pasará al resto de los hermanos?  Miqueas 5:2


  1. ¿Qué dicen las escrituras acerca del Mesias? Juan 7:42


  1. ¿Dónde nació Jesús y de quiénes será El el pastor? Mateo 2:1,6


  1. ¿Con qué autoridad se pondrá de pie y guiará a su rebaño? ¿Y bajo el nombre majestuoso, de quién lo hará?   Miqueas 5:3


  1. ¿Qué le pasará a su rebaño y porqué razón? Miqueas 5:3


  1. ¿Qué será El? Miqueas 5:4


  1. ¿Por la sangre de Cristo, qué es El para nosotros y qué es lo que El destruyó? Efesios 2:13-14


  1. ¿Si Asiria invade su tierra qué hará la gente? Miqueas 5:4-5


Personal – ¿Quién gobierna o quién tiene autoridad sobre tí y de dónde reciben su fuerza? ¿A quién gobiernas y de dónde recibes tu fuerza?


TERCER DIA                                                           HEBREOS 10:5-10                                  SEGUNDA LECTURA

                                                         (“Mira, aquí vengo;…cumpliré, oh Dios, tu voluntad.”)

  1. ¿Qué es lo que no se quiso y qué fue formado al entrar El al mundo? Hebreos 10:5


  1. ¿Qué es lo que no le agrada y qué es lo que no se pidió? Salmo 40:7


  1. ¿En qué no se deleitaba El Señor? Hebreos 10:6


  1. ¿Qué se dijo de Jesús en el libro? Hebreos 10:7


  1. ¿Cuál fue la oración de Jesús en el Monte de los Olivos? Lucas 22:42


  1. ¿Cuál era al alimento de Jesús? Juan 4:34


  1. ¿De acuerdo con qué eran los sacrificios y ofrendas? Hebreos 10:8


  1. ¿Qué es lo que dice Jesús, y qué hizo El con el primero para establecer el segundo?  Hebreos 10:9


  1. ¿Qué fue la nueva Ley que El estableció y por lo cual estaba tan triste? Mateo 26:38-39


  1. ¿Cómo hemos sido consagrados de una vez por todas? Hebreos 10:10


  1. ¿Su muerte, de qué nos purifica? Hebreos 9:14


Personal – ¿La voluntad de quién sigues diariamente? ¿Cuántas veces se te ocurre pedirle que sea Su voluntad la que se haga? ¿Cuántas veces al día te niegas a tí mismo por hacer la voluntad del Padre?


CUARTO DIA                                                              LUCAS 1:39:45                                                       EVANGELIO

                    (“Dichosa por haber creído que de cualquier manera se cumplirán las promesas del Señor!”)

  1. ¿Quién viajó a un pueblo de Judá ubicado entre los cerros? ¿En la casa de quién entró élla y a quién saludó? Lucas 1:39-40


  1. ¿Qué era Zacarías? ¿De dónde era su esposa y qué clase de gente eran ellos? Lucas 1:5-6


  1. ¿Qué le había dicho el ángel a Zacarías; y qué hizo la criatura en el vientre de Isabel cuando María la saludó? Lucas 1:13 y 1:41


  1. ¿De qué se llenó Isabel? Lucas 1:41


  1. ¿De qué fue lleno Juan, aún desde el vientre de su madre? Lucas 1:15


  1. ¿A quién le dá al Espíritu Santo el Padre? Lucas 11:13


  1. ¿Qué exclamó Isabel en alta voz? Lucas 1:42-44


  1. ¿Quién es la mujer que será alabada, y porqué será celebrada? Proverbios 31:30-31


  1. ¿Qué hizo María para ser bendecida? Lucas 1:45


  1. ¿Quién dijo Jesús es bendicido? Juan 20:29


  1. ¿Qué encerró todas las cosas bajo el poder del pecado? ¿Cómo fue dada la promesa y a quién fue dada? Gálatas 3:22


Personal – ¿Cuándo fuiste llenado con el Espíritu Santo o te diste cuenta de Su presencia dentro de ti? ¿Pueden aquellos que te rodean llamarte bendito? ¿Por qué? ¿Qué influencia ha tenido la respuesta de María en tu vida?



QUINTO DIA                                           LEE EL SALMO 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19

                                                                 (“Oh Dios, manifiéstate…y ven a salvarnos.”)

Leé y medita el Salmo 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19.

¿Qué te dice personalmente el Señor a través de este Salmo?


¿Cómo puedes aplicar esto a tu vida diaria?



SEXTO DIA                                                  LEE TODO EL COMENTARIO

                                                                                          MIQUEAS 5:1-4

El profeta Miqueas, asegura a un pequeño y obscuro pueblo en Judá, de que ese será el lugar de nacimiento del Mesias. Los líderes de Jerusalén estaban obsesionados con riqueza y posición. Miqueas no solo profetizó que Jerusalén con su poder y riqueza sería asediada y destruida, sino tambien de que su rey no podría salvarla. En alarmante contraste, Belén, un pequeñisimo pueblo, seria el lugar de nacimiento del único rey que podía salvar a toda su gente. El Mesias habría de nacer como un bebé en Belén (Lucas 2:4-6) y eventualmente reinaría como rey eterno.

El rey que fue vencido fue Sedecias, y el fue el último rey de la linea de David que se sentó en el trono en Jerusalén (2 Reyes 25:1) Miqueas profetizó que el próximo rey descendiente de David seria el Mesias y que Su reino no tendría fin. El Mesias aunque eterno, entró en la historia humana como un hombre, Jesús de Nazaret.

La lectura de hoy nos proveé una muy clara profesia del Antiguo Testamento acerca de la venida de Cristo. Miqueas nos dice que el Mesias será nuestra paz (Miqueas 5:4). Jesús nos dice que El nos deja con un regalo, un regalo de paz en la mente y en el corazón, y el regalo no es frágil como la paz del mundo (Juan 14:27). De manera que no tengas miedo, el temor es inútil. Lo que se necesita es confianza (Marcos 5:36). La paz de Cristo nos da seguridad aún cuando las guerras continuan. No necesitamos tener mas miedo del juicio, no mas conflictos y culpabilidad. Esto es lo que la paz de Cristo realmente significa. Puedes descartar ansiedad, preocupaciones o angustias, ruega por todo y recibirás la paz del Mesias (Filip. 4:6-7) quien sobrepasa todo entendimiento.


HEBREOS 10:5-10

La lectura de hoy muestra que nuestro vínculo con Dios no es un sacrificio de animal. Estamos ligados a Dios a través de una persona y esa persona es Jesucristo. Tenemos en El un Salvador, que nos muestra lo que nuestro amor debe ser con Su propio ejemplo. La sangre de animal no quitó los pecados, pudo solo sacarlos fuera de la vista hasta que Jesús vino a arreglar eso de un modo permanente.

La gente del tiempo del Antiguo Testamente recibió el perdón por sus pecados, de la misma manera como éstos son perdonados hoy, a través de la gracia de Dios, que éllos aceptaron por medio de la fé. El costoso sacrificio de una valiosa vida animal imprimía sobre el pecador la seriedad de su pecado ante Dios. Debido a que Jesús derramó Su propia sangre por nosotros, Su sacrificio se hace mucho mas grande que un ofrecimiento del Antiguo Testamento. Cristo vino a ofrecer Su cuerpo en la cruz por nosotros como un sacrificio completamente aceptable a Dios.

Mirando al regalo increible que El nos ha dado, deberiamos estar sobresaltados con un gozoso deseo de obedecerle a El. Hoy vemos tanta, tanta gente que trata de llenar su vida vacia con drogas, alcohol e inmoralidades con el único resultado de quedarse aún mas vacios. La unica forma en que uno puede llenarse de vida es comenzar a estar completamente limpio y libre. Si tu vida es vacia y confusa, entonces cae de rodillas y acepta el increible regalo de perdon y salvación que fue ganado para ti a traves de la muerte y resurrección de Jesucristo. El nos dice en el verso 9 de la lectura de hoy que El vino a cumplir la voluntad de Su Padre, y ésta es, que todos nosotros estemos unidos con El a traves de Jesús. El es el camino (Juan 14:6), y solo El nos puede libertar. (Juan 8:32).


LUCAS 1:39-45

El milagro del amor está en su sentido de expectativa. El amor va mucho mas allá de un sentimiento, es una decisión que dice “Sí.” María termina de recibir la increible noticia de que élla ha sido elegida para ser la Madre de Dios. Ella dice al ángel que ella es la sierva del Señor, y que hará todo lo que está de acuerdo con Su Palabra. Luego espera, con el conocimiento y expectacion de que dará el fruto predicho por los profetas.

María seria la Madre del Dios de sus padres y todos habrian de llamarla bendita. Y sin embargo, en su espera, ella cuida las circunstancias a su alrededor. Su prima, Isabel, que era mucho mayor, esperaba tambien una criatura. María va a cuidarla, y con su cariño da muestra del amor que siente por élla. Isabel reconoce el deseo de María de servirle y en ese servicio está el centro mismo del amor llamado humildad. Isabel dice a María que su fruto es bendito y que el niño de María se hizo instrumento para la salvacion de todo el mundo.

Este tiempo de Adviento, un tiempo de espera para la nueva venida de Cristo en nuestras vidas, es un tiempo para que nosotros nos parezcamos a María. Podemos compartir las bendiciones de María. A traves de nosotros Cristo puede hacerse real para otros. Ahi, justo donde estás, hay una Isabel que necesita tu visita. Mientras atiendes, tal como María atendió, vé mas allá de ti mismo para otros tal como élla lo hizo. ¿Quién es tu Isabel? Aquel o aquella que tiene hambre, o está solo, enojado o abandonado. Esa persona espera tu visita. Quizá ni necesites ir mas alla que del otro lado de la calle, o del otro lado de la mesa de la cocina. Y asi que esperamos que por la fiesta de Navidad, la promesa de los profetas será, una vez mas, colmada. ¿Qué te traerá?



                 La primera lectura muestra que Dios eligió cosas ordinarias y gente simple para producir resultados extraordinarios. La segunda lectura nos dice que la salvación es una persona y su nombre es Jesucristo. El Evangelio revela que atender es una decisión de servir mientras esperamos.

Esta semana, deja que la humildad de María sea tu modelo. Puede ser que debas esperar algunas veces durante la semana, como en el tráfico, en la cafeteria, en el trabajo o esperar para ver a un maestro en la escuela. El ejemplo que das con tus acciones es muy poderoso. María fue muy humilde aun cuando élla sabía que lo que le estaba pasando era muy especial. Da a tu familia y amigos un grandioso regalo estas Navidades. Dales el regalo de tu humilidad, y Cristo se hará vivo a través de ti y serás bendecido.




By Deacon Ken and Marie Finn



Pray and ask God to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.



FIRST DAY Reread last week’s readings. 

  1. What was a helpful or new thought from the readings or from the homily you heard on Sunday?


  1. From what you learned, what personal application did you choose to apply to your life this week?



SECOND DAY                                          READ MICAH 5:1-4                                                                  FIRST READING

          (“He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord.”)


  1. What is too small to be among the clans of Judah? Who is to come forth from there, and where is his origin?      Micah 5:1


  1. Who was a son of an Ephrathite named Jesse and where was  he from? 1 Samuel 17:12


  1. What will the Lord do until the time she is to give birth, and what shall happen to the rest of the brethren? Micah 5:2


  1. What does scripture say about the Messiah? John 7:42


  1. Where was Jesus born, and whom shall he shepherd?  Matthew 2:1, 6


  1. How shall he stand and shepherd his flock, with Whose power or strength, and by Whose majestic name will he    do it? Micah 5:3


  1. What will happen to his flock and for what reason?  Micah 5:3


  1. What shall he be? Micah 5:4


  1. Because of the blood of Christ, what is he to us, and what did he break down? Ephesians 2:13-14


  1. If Assyria invades their country, what will the people do? Micah 5:4-5


Personal – Who is ruler or has authority over you, and where do they get their strength?  Over whom do you rule, and where do you get your strength?



THIRD DAY                                                    READ HEBREWS 10:5-10                                                  SECOND READING

           (“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.”)


  1. What was not desired, and what was prepared on his coming into the world?   Hebrews 10:5


  1. What was sought not, and what was given? Psalm 40:7


  1. In what did the Lord take no delight? Hebrews 10:6


  1. What is written of Jesus in the scroll? Hebrews 10:7


  1. What was the prayer of Jesus at the Mount of Olives?  Luke 22:42


  1. What was Jesus’ food? John 4:34


  1. With what are sacrifices and offerings in accord?  Hebrews 10:8


  1. What does Jesus say, and what has he done with the first to establish the second?   Hebrews 10:9


  1. What was the new Law he established over which he was      sorrowful?  Matthew 26:38-39


  1. How have we been consecrated once and for all? Hebrews 10:10


  1. From what does his death cleanse us? Hebrews 9:14


Personal – Whose “will” do you follow on a daily basis?  How often does it occur to you to ask for his will to be done?  How often do you die to yourself to do the will of the Father on a daily basis?



FOURTH DAY             READ LUKE 1:39-45                GOSPEL

   (“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”) 


  1. Who traveled to the hill country to a town of Judah? Whose house did she enter, and whom did she greet?   Luke 1:39-40


  1. What was Zechariah, where was his wife from, and what kind of people were they? Luke 1:5-6


  1. What was Zechariah told by the angel, and what did the child in her womb do when Mary greeted her?  Luke 1:13, 41


  1. With what was Elizabeth filled? Luke 1:41


  1. With what was John filled, even from his mother’s womb? Luke 1:15


  1. To whom does the Father give the Holy Spirit? Luke 11:13


  1. What did Elizabeth cry out in a loud voice? Luke    1:42-44


  1. Who is the woman to be praised, and what will give her the praise? Proverbs 31:30-31


  1. What did Mary do to become blessed? Luke 1:45


  1. Who did Jesus say is blessed? John 20:29


  1. What confined all things under the power of sin, how was the promise given, and to whom was it given? Galatians 3:22


Personal – When were you filled with the Holy Spirit or became aware of his presence within you?  Can those around you call you blessed, and if so, why?   What effect has Mary’s response had on your life?



FIFTH DAY       READ PSALM 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19

          (“Rouse your power, and come to save us.”)

Read and meditate on Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19.

What is the Lord saying to you personally through the Psalm?


How can you apply this to your life?




                          MICAH 5:1-4

     The prophet, Micah, assures a small, obscure town in Judea that it will be the birth place of the Messiah.  Jerusalem’s leaders were obsessed with wealth and position. Micah not only prophesied that Jerusalem with its wealth and power would be besieged and destroyed, but that its king could not save it. In startling contrast, Bethlehem, a tiny town, would be the birth place of the only king who could save all of his people.  The Messiah would be born as a baby in Bethlehem (Luke 2:4-6) and eventually would reign as the eternal king.

     The king that was defeated was Zedekiah, and he was the last of the kings in David’s line to sit on the throne in Jerusalem.   Micah prophesied that the next king in David’s line would be the Messiah, and his kingdom would never end.  The Messiah, although eternal, entered human history as the man, Jesus of Nazareth.

     Today’s reading provides us with a very clear Old Testament prophecy of Christ’s coming.  Micah tells us that the Messiah will be our peace (5:4).  Jesus tells us that he is leaving us with a gift, a gift of peace of mind and heart, and the gift is not fragile like the peace of the world (John 14:27). So do not be afraid, fear is useless.  What is needed is trust (Mark 5:36). Christ’s peace gives us assurance even though wars continue.  We need to have no more fear of judgment, no more conflict and guilt. This is what the peace of Christ really means. You can dismiss anxiety, worry about nothing, pray about everything, and you will receive the peace (Phil. 4:6-7) of the “Messiah” which surpasses all understanding.


                        HEBREWS 10:5-10

     Today’s reading shows us that our link with God is not animal sacrifice. We are bound to God through a person and that person is Jesus Christ. We have in him a Savior, who shows us what our love must be like through his example.  Animal blood could not take away sin; it could only take it out of sight until Jesus came to deal with it permanently. 

     The people in Old Testament times were forgiven of their sins, just as they are forgiven today, through God’s grace which they accepted through faith.  The costly sacrifice of a valued animal’s life impressed upon the sinner the seriousness of his sin before God.  Because Jesus shed his own blood for us, his sacrifice is far greater than an Old Testament offering.  Christ came to offer for us his body upon the cross as a sacrifice completely acceptable to God.

     Looking at the incredible gift that he has given us, we should be overwhelmed with a joyful desire to obey him. Today we see so many people trying to fill emptiness in their lives with drugs, alcohol, and immorality and becoming more empty.  The only way one can become full and alive is to first become really clean and free.  If your life is empty and confused, then fall on your knees and accept the incredible gift of forgiveness and salvation that was won for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He tells us in verse 9 of today’s reading that he has come to do the will of his Father, and that is, that we all be united with him through Jesus.  He is the Way (John 14:6), and only he can set you free (John 8:32).



                         LUKE 1:39-45

     The miracle of love is in its sense of expectancy.  Love is far more than a feeling, it is a decision that says “Yes.”  Mary has just received the incredible news that she has been chosen to be the Mother of God.  She tells the angel that she is the Lord’s servant, and she will do whatever is in accordance with his Word. She then waits, with the knowledge and expectation that she will bear the fruit the prophets had predicted.

     Mary was to be the Mother of the God of her fathers, and all would call her blessed.  And yet, in her waiting, she attends to her surroundings.  Her cousin, Elizabeth, who was much older, was also expecting a child.  Mary goes out to attend to her, and in her love she gives a signal of the love she bears with her. Elizabeth recognizes Mary’s desire to serve her, and in that service is the core of love called humility.  Elizabeth tells Mary that blessed is her fruit, and Mary’s child became the instrument of salvation for the whole world.

     This time of Advent, a time of waiting for the new coming of Christ in our own lives, is a time for us to be like Mary. We can share Mary’s blessing.  Through us Christ can become real for others. Out there, right where you are, there is an Elizabeth who needs your visit.  As you wait, like Mary waited, go out of yourself to others as she did.  Who is your Elizabeth?  Someone hungry, lonesome, angry or neglected?  That person awaits your visit. You may not have to go any further than across the street, or just across the kitchen table.  As we wait for the Christmas celebration, the promise of the prophets will once again be fulfilled.  What will it bring you?



      The first reading shows that God chose ordinary things and ordinary people to produce extraordinary results.  The second reading tells us that salvation is a person and his name is Jesus Christ.  The Gospel reveals that waiting is a decision to serve while waiting.

      This week, let the humility of Mary be your model. You might look at the times you have to wait during the week, such as in traffic, in cafeteria lines at work, or waiting to see a teacher in school.  The example that you show by your actions can be very powerful.  Mary was very humble even though she knew that what had happened to her was very special. Give your family and friends a tremendous gift this Christmas time. Give them the gift of your humility, and Christ will come alive through you, and you will be blessed.


Lectio Divina – 4th Sunday of Advent (Dec. 23rd) – Cycle C

PURPOSE OF THIS SCRIPTURE READING – Develop a personal relationship with Jesus through the Word of God with the understanding that the Holy Spirit will teach and remind us of all Jesus said and did. Psalm 32:8 tells us, “I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel and watch over you.”

  1. Say the opening prayer
  2. Read the passage slowly three times as though Jesus were talking to you.
  3. Converse with Jesus, asking questions and listening to Him.


Father, I can’t understand Your Word without Your grace, I acknowledge my weakness so Your power can reach perfection in me. Send Your Holy Spirit to remind, teach, and guide me to the Truth. May I share as soon as possible whatever You teach me. AMEN


Luke 1: 39-45 – Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

What is the Lord personally saying to you?






What does the Lord personally want you to do?

Lectio Divina – 3rd Sunday of Advent (Dec. 16th) – Cycle C

PURPOSE OF THIS SCRIPTURE READING – Develop a personal relationship with Jesus through the Word of God with the understanding that the Holy Spirit will teach and remind us of all Jesus said and did. Psalm 32:8 tells us, “I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel and watch over you.”

  1. Say the opening prayer
  2. Read the passage slowly three times as though Jesus were talking to you.
  3. Converse with Jesus, asking questions and listening to Him.


Father, I can’t understand Your Word without Your grace, I acknowledge my weakness so your power can reach perfection in me. Send Your Holy Spirit to remind, teach, and guide me to the Truth. May I share as soon as possible whatever You teach me. AMEN


Luke 3:10-18 – The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them, “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do/” He told them, “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.” Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.

What is the Lord personally saying to you?





What does the Lord personally want you to do?





by Deacon Ken and Marie Finn



Pray and ask God to speak to you through His Holy Spirit.



FIRST DAY Reread last week’s readings.

  1. What was a helpful or new thought from the readings or from the homily you heard on Sunday?


  1. From what you learned, what personal application did you choose to apply to your life this week?



           (“He will rejoice over you with gladness.”)

  1. What are we to do with all of our heart? Zephaniah    3:14


  1. Why is Israel to rejoice and shout for joy?    Zechariah 9:9


  1. What has the Lord removed, and of what is there no further need? Zephaniah 3:15


  1. On the day of the Lord what shall be said? Zephaniah 3:16


  1. What did Jesus say to his disciples? Matthew 14:27


  1. What does perfect love do? 1 John 4:18


  1. What is the Lord, our God, called? What will he do to you, and what will he do because of you? Zephaniah    3:17


  1. What will people no longer call you, and what does the Lord call you? Isaiah 62:4-5


  1. What will the Lord remove from among you? Zephaniah   3:18


Personal – How have you been renewed in God’s love?  How does the joy show in you since the personal realization that Jesus has come into your heart?  Give examples.




(“Rejoice in the Lord always, I shall say it again: rejoice!”)

  1. What are we to do always? Philippians 4:4


  1. Why do we rejoice in the Lord? Psalm 85:7


  1. What should be made known to all, and who is near?    Philippians 4:5


  1. What is love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7


  1. What was God, our Savior, to us when he appeared, and what did his mercy do for us? Titus 3:4-6


  1. Kindness is a fruit of whom? Galatians 5:22


  1. What are we not to have, and what are we to do in everything?   Philippians 4:6


  1. What does anxiety do to us, and what does a kindly word do?    Proverbs 12:25


  1. What will guard our hearts and minds in Christ?     Philippians 4:7


  1. What did Jesus say he was leaving his followers? (Note: This is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:22)John 14:25-27


Personal – What acts of kindness have you shown towards your spouse, children, parents, friends, co-workers, and neighbors?



FOURTH DAY              READ LUKE 3:10-18                GOSPEL

(“He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire.”)

  1. To whom were the crowds talking, and what did they ask him? Luke 3:10, also see Luke 3:2


  1. What was John’s reply to the crowd, who else came to him, and for what reason?   Luke 3:11-12


  1. What did John tell the tax collectors? Luke 3:13


  1. What did Jesus tell his disciples his Father was pleased to give them, what should they do, and what did he say about the heart?    Luke 12:32-34


  1. What did the soldiers ask John, and what three things did he tell them to do? Luke 3:14


  1. What were the people beginning to think about John?     Luke 3:15


  1. What did John say to the priests and Levites when they asked him who he was?  John 1:19-20, 23


  1. When John answered the people, with what did he say he was baptizing them?  Who did he say was coming, and of     what was John not even worthy?   Luke 3:16


  1. With what did John say the “one who was coming” was going to baptize them?  What did he say about the  winnowing fan?   Luke 3:16-17


  1. What does the Holy Spirit give us? Acts 1:8


  1. What did John preach to the people? Luke 3:18


Personal – In what way have you shared your clothing and food with someone who has none?  Examine your conscience:

Do I have excessive clothing cluttering my closet?

Do I spend a lot of money on food?

Have I extorted anyone?

Have I accused anyone falsely?

Have I been dissatisfied with my wages?

Seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week.



FIFTH DAY              READ ISAIAH 12:2-6

(“God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid.”)

Read and meditate on Isaiah 12:2-6.

What is the Lord saying to you personally through this reading?


How can you apply this to your life?





                       ZEPHANIAH 3:14-18

     In this reading the church joyfully anticipates the Messiah’s coming through the words of the prophet Zephaniah. The prophet’s exuberant message anticipates a revelation that cannot be contained:  The Lord is in our midst and his presence gives us joy.  Zephaniah points out that great gladness results when we allow God to be with us.  We sin when we try to find happiness in ways that bring a cutting off of ourselves from fellowship with God, the only person who can make us truly joyful.

There is an old saying that joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. One can be very hot and thirsty and be very happy to receive a cold glass of water. The person may be in complete turmoil, but for a few moments he is happy.  Because joy is the presence of the Lord, a person may have his own personal life under attack through sickness, accident, death of a loved one, or even a divorce, and still be joyful and at peace.

To experience God in our midst goes far beyond any technical explanation. We are told that the Holy Spirit is upon us; he has appointed us to preach Good News to the poor; He has sent us to heal the broken hearted. This joy of knowing that he is in our midst, knowing that his Spirit is upon us comes when we faithfully follow him and obey his Word.  This is the anticipation of joy that Zephaniah tells his people about and it applies, especially today, to you, wherever you are.  If you want to be joyful,  draw close to the source of joy by obeying God.   Then listen as God rejoices over you in song.


                       PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7

     How powerful and yet how wonderfully strange that a man in prison would be telling a church to be joyful.  But Paul’s attitude teaches us a very important lesson: Our inner attitudes do not have to reflect our outward circumstances.  Paul is saying that we may not be able to control the circumstances, but we always can control our response to those circumstances.

Paul takes up the joyful anthem; the Lord himself is near, dismiss all anxiety from your minds.  Paul was full of joy because he knew that no matter what happened to him, the Holy Spirit was within him and he had nothing to fear (1 John 4:4). Paul is urging the Philippians to be joyful, and he is speaking to you; maybe you need to hear this.

It is easy to get discouraged about unpleasant circumstances or to take unimportant events too seriously.  If we have not experienced joy lately, we may not be looking at life from the right point of view.  Never having to worry about anything is not an escape from responsibility.  We all have worries in work, in our homes, schools and with our families.

Do you want to worry less?  Paul is saying that we need to turn our worries into prayers.  Then pray much more.  Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.  The peace that you receive is God’s peace, and his peace is different from the world’s peace (John 14:27).  This peace is not in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings.  This is a real peace, and it comes from knowing that God is in control of our life. This means our destiny is set, our victory over sin is certain, and this is a peace that surpasses all understanding.


                          LUKE 3:10-18

     The message of John the Baptist broke upon the people like a giant clap of thunder.  He did not tickle the people’s ears. He was not cute or an entertainer.  His message was not good news, it was news of terror.  John had lived in the wilderness and sometimes fire would break out. The animals would come out of their nicks and crannies, scurrying in terror from the menacing flames.  It was to them that John likened the people who came to be baptized.

The Jews thought that God would judge other nations with one standard, and the Jews with another and that as sons of Abraham they were exempt. John told them that racial privilege meant nothing, that life, not lineage, was God’s standard of judgment.

John’s message took root in unexpected places, among the poor, the criminals, and the soldiers.  They were painfully aware of their needs. Many people then, as well as today, failed to see that respectability is not always connected with right living. John states that respectability can hinder right living if it keeps us from seeing our need for God.

If you had to choose between them, would you protect your character even if it ruined your reputation?  John warns of impending judgment by comparing those who refuse to work for God to chaff, the useless outer husk of the grain.  In contrast, he compares those who repent and reform their lives to the nourishing grain itself.  Those who refuse to believe in God will be discarded because they have no value in furthering God’s work. Those who repent and believe hold great value in God’s eyes because they are beginning a new life of service for him.



The first reading tells us that the Lord is in our midst. The second reading reveals that peace is not worrying, but praying, about everything.  The Gospel calls us to more than respectability; it calls us to right living.

This week, let your witness to right living have a strong measure of joy. Start with yourself and take a spiritual, emotional and physical inventory of yourself. Be honest, specific and joyful. Take any area of you that needs correcting and pray constantly every day for just that one area of brokenness.

You do not need to tell yourself how bad you are; you need to tell yourself how blessed you are to have someone forgive and love you. Jesus loves you so much he died for you. So look at an area of yourself that you can change this week.  Share this change with a loved one, a friend, or maybe a clergyman.