“Zeal for your house will consume me” – When Jesus came to Jerusalem during the Passover, he shocked the Jewish leaders by forcibly expelling money changers and merchants from the temple.
Repent and believe the good news – Jesus overcame temptations and can lead us through these struggles if we allow Him.
“Dear children! I am calling you at this time to prayer, fasting, and renunciation, that you may be stronger in faith.”
We are now cleansed by faith in Jesus Christ, we can be part of the kingdom of God. It’s a free gift. There is no need to do any special and complicated cleaning tasks.
First Disciples of Jesus – It’s not an invitation. This is the call, “Follow me.” The creative word of God, which calls light and other beings into existence, now calls man – the image of God – to become partaker of the new creation.
Who were the Two Disciples of John the Baptist that followed Jesus – John 1:35-42 – Meaning and Commentary
Then Jesus invites the disciples, “Come and see.” Jesus also invites me, “Come and see.” He repeats this every day.
The fact that the voice from heaven calls him “chosen” and “loved” further reinforces the unique relationship between the Father and the Son, which is so special that it overshadows all previous human relationships with God.
John describes Jesus as the word of God, the creative, life, and light that came to earth as a man.
Simeon and Anna are persons full of symbolism. Their role is to recognize the expected Messiah after the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.
God gives us grace and expects us to respond with the same will and heartfelt confidence as Mary did. God’s will also gives help and means to respond.
I baptize you with Water – John 1 6 28 – Meaning and Commentary. Jesus as the Risen One is among us in many ways. Often, however, we do not recognize Him.
The life of St John the Baptist was a glowing signpost for the people. He directed them to the coming of Jesus Christ and pointed to the coming of his kingdom. We read in the Bible that John the Baptist was already filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb of his mother Elizabeth
The time of Advent is a time to expand our minds and open our hearts to the Lord’s presence in us and in the world, but also for His final coming. Watch and Pray.
Today, we can buy an Advent wreath in any store, which is a reflection of the growing commercialization of Christmas and December. A wreath we make ourselves is worth much more.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory again as Judge and Ruler over all, He will call every man before Him to give him the answer to the question, “Who did you love and put first in your life?”
Prayer and rite for the expectant Mother from the Book of Blessings: Ritual Edition (Roman Ritual)