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Adventurers with the Lord

December 2013

Dec 25

You Are the Father

Reflection   I love watching Maury Povich. It always amazes me how people, who must have been so in love as to create a child, are now at odds with each other. They fight about custody, they fight about love, but mostly they fight about the child’s true paternity. My favorite part is when Maury announces who the child’s true...
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Dec 24

Self-Awareness

Reflection   Self-awareness is underlined in today’s readings. King David realizes that while he is living in a palace of cedar, the ark of God dwells in a tent.  He shares this with Nathan the prophet who replies, “Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the LORD is with you.” That same night, God speaks to Nathan...
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Dec 23

The Promised Land

Reflection   Malachi emphasized how we have to be the way, the voice, and the instrument that God chose to speak to his people. He wants us to be convinced that we can do his will. Are we prepared? Under the trails do we faithfully believe in Him, or do we look for other gods that can pull us out of trouble? Today with so many...
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Dec 22

Be On Fire for the Lord

Reflection   Is 7:10-14   The Lord is talking to Ahaz who has weary men with the question but won’t ask God.   God tells him why are you asking men when I am saying ask me. Well, I am going to give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and bear a son, and shall call Him Immanuel (God with Us)  ...
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Dec 21

Be Full of Joy

Reflection   In the readings we are called to sing songs of joy and praise to God.  We rejoice because God is with us.  Zephiniah 3: verse 17 says, "The Lord your God is with you; his power gives you victory.  The Lord will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life."  The gospel of Luke...
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Dec 20

Everything Old Is New Again

Reflection   Okay…so…the first thing that comes to my mind, as I reflect on these readings is, “Everything old is new again”.  Let me explain.   As humans, we sometimes tend to think that our challenges/obstacles/ problems are new and can only be felt by us.  But, think about it.  Way...
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Dec 19

Preparing to Prepare

Reflection   I, Michael Lanham, would like to reveal something personal from my life which relates to today’s readings. Both the first reading and the Gospel talk about refraining from strong drink as commanded by God in preparation for His plan. I had been a drinker for about eight years but finally quit — through the grace...
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Dec 18

The Path to Light

Reflection   The first scripture addresses the fact that false prophets will not win out, because in the end God will gather his flock unto himself, where it will increase in size. Is it not the same with any form of misleading? Nothing done in dark stays secret, for all things come to light in the end. It is only in living in the light...
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Dec 17

St. John of Matha

Reflection   St. John of Matha - Founder of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (Trinitarians)   St John of Matha, whose feast is celebrated today, was born of a very pious noble family.   He could have lived a life of privilege but opted for a life of service.  After being ordained, he devoted his life and...
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Dec 16

Las Posadas

  Reflection   St. Agatha Catholic Church is a beautiful spirit-filled community represented by many cultures. The Hispanic community represents a very large portion of our church. Traditionally, each year, beginning on December 16 the Hispanic community celebrates and re-enacts an over 400 year old tradition called “Las...
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Dec 15

Gaudete Sunday

Reflection   Today is the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. We like to call it Joy Sunday. Take a moment and ask yourself: What is Joy and do we need it?  We are not speaking of the joy you have because all the Christmas shopping is completed or have found the perfect gift. We are referring to Joy of the Lord and in the...
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Dec 14

The Master Gardener

Reflection   A Reflection on Psalm 80: “Oh Lord of Hosts, restore us; let Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved…” We are living in God’s garden but at times we feel as though we are not protected. We ask the Master Gardener, who is God, to come and tend to us and be our restoration. He is always there....
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Dec 13

St. Lucy, Spark of Light

Reflection   Today is the feast day of Saint Lucy. Lucy means “light”, with the same root as “lucid” which means, “clear, radiant, understandable.” The story of Saint Lucy is one filled with many trials and tribulations. However, she always remained prayerful and faithful to Christ. Even in times of...
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Dec 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Reflection:    Our Lady of Guadalupe in a time of turmoil for the natives in Mexico.  The Aztecs were in war against the conquistadors trying to defend themselves from becoming slaves.  The Spanish Missioners were trying to help the natives in Mexico learn about Christianity.  The appearance from Our Lady of...
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Dec 11

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Reflection   “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the old Simon and Garfunkel song.  That is what kept coming to me as I studied today’s readings.  “When you’re weary, feeling low.  When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all.  I’m on your side.”  God is the One who...
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Dec 10

Hope and Joy

Reflection   The word Advent means “to look forward to a coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important.” What could be more important than the birth of Jesus? We are excited and happy.   We are eagerly awaiting and praying for a sense of what we need to be doing. The first reading for today gives us...
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Dec 9

Immaculate Conception of Mary

Reflection   The feast we celebrate today is not about sin and death. It is about birth and life: the birth and life of Mary. Specifically, it is the conception of Mary, believed to be free from the stain of that “original” sin. Each of us receives God’s grace at the moment of our conception. But Mary’s grace was...
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Dec 8

Repent for Our Worldliness

Reflection   Today is the second Sunday of Advent.  On this day we light the second candle, the Bethlehem candle, to remind us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  While we anticipate Jesus’ first coming as our Savior, the readings today draw our attention to Jesus’ second coming as our judge and the true redeemer of...
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Dec 7

Come Savior of the Gentiles

Reflection   Today is the feast day of St. Ambrose, Archbishop and patron saint of Milan and one of the four original Doctors of the church.    St. Ambrose was a prominent writer of letters and short treatises, whose writings greatly influenced St. Augustine. He displayed a kind of flexibility that kept in mind that...
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Dec 6

Healing

Reflection   Today's Gospel is taken from Matthew Chapter 9, Verse 27-31   This chapter of Matthew is all about healing.  Verse 27-31 speaks about the blind men who were following Jesus on the road asking Him to have mercy on them and restore their sight. Jesus asked them if they believed He could do this.  Because...
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Dec 5

Justice and Humility: Very Important Virtues

Reflection   Today is Thursday of the first week of Advent. We come across with the prophet Isaiah, who is very familiar to us because he is one of our Advent companions; along with John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary. This dynamic trio will be with us in our wait and hope of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Isaiah 26: 1-6, and...
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Dec 4

Seeds Planted by the Holy Spirit

Reflection   Close your eyes and imagine Christ feeding 4,000 people on a mountain along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Now, think back to St. Agatha’s Night of Praise.  St. Agatha’s parking lot was filled with the Holy Spirit.  All groups of our church listened to the words of Deacon Ricardo, and the beautiful...
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Dec 3

The Childlike in Myself

Reflection:   Sometimes it’s a little difficult to feel sure just what the message of the Gospel reading is. Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit and praising the Father Jesus says, “I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.”...
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Dec 2

Worthy of Being Holy

Reflection   When I was in the third grade, I went into the church after school and washed my face in holy water because I wanted so much to be holy. One student saw what I had done and told the nun on yard duty. When Sister asked me if this was true, I answered with clearly, "No!" When she inquired as to why my face was wet,...
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Dec 1

THE NEW JERUSALEM

Please click here for today's readings Reflection   We open tonight with a quote:    PSALM 22 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you prosper! May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings.   JERUSALEM.   The ultimate world capital.   The Bible’s...
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