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St. Lucy, Spark of Light

December 13, 2013

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 darkness when she was being tortured she still remained steadfast in her faith. To us Saint Lucy reminds us that we always need to stay focus on the light of Christ and not let us waiver from our faith.

 

Thought Questions

 

During this advent season as we wait for the coming of Christ we ask that you:

Reflect upon a time in your life when you couldn’t see the light and all you felt was darkness.

How did you get through that time/situation?

As you look back can you see the light of Christ?

How can you use that experience in the future to remind you that Christ is always shinning upon you?

 

Prayer

 

Saint Lucy Prayer

 

Saint Lucy

Whose beautiful name signifies 'LIGHT'

by the light of faith which God bestowed upon you

increase and preserve His light in my soul

so that I may avoid evil,

Be zealous in the performance of good works

and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and

the darkness of evil and sin.

Obtain for me, by your intercession with God

Perfect vision for my bodily eyes

and the grace to use them for God’s greater honor and glory

and the salvation of souls.

St. Lucy, virgin and martyr

hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.

Amen.

 

By Gilbert Dorado and Marco Quesada

 

 

Readings

 

Reading 1 IS 48:17-19

 

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.

 

Responsorial Psalm PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

 

R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.


Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.


He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.


Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
 

Gospel MT 11:16-19

 

Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare this generation? 
It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance,
we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’ 
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said,
‘He is possessed by a demon.’ 
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ 
But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”

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Comments

Fr. Bill  |  LA  |  December 14, 2013  |  11:41 AM

The Gospel for the day says to me that we need "enlightened eyes" to see the Divine Presence in those around us. With the normal vision we will always find what we see as shortcomings in everyone. We (or our ancestors, but in a sense we were there, too) didn't even see the Divine Presence in the Christ! So, we need gentler eyes, deeper eyes--eyes that penetrate under the surface mud to see the diamond buried in it. It also means we need enlightened eyes to see the True Goal of Life, and the path to it--"normal vision" will always see very short-term stuff, that in the End, will never satisfy us. So, I look at my last 48 hours, and I think I can see lots of "missed opportunities" for seeing the Divine Presence in another--people that I didn't spend enough energy on, or enough time with, and how in those moments my eyes mistook an "emptier apparent good" for something more eternal and enriching. I need to pray for more "enlightened eyes," and try to cultivate them.


Enrique Reyes  |  Los Angeles  |  December 14, 2013  |  2:07 AM

In this reflection, God is the Light that we should follow. I would like to believe that this is the light that lightens the way to our goals, our dreams, our objectives, our projects. In our daily lives we are always meeting ends, and in our lives there is a dream that we would like to accomplish as we get older. This reflection tells me to take a moment and analyze how and what am I doing to accomplish those goals. It gives me hope that we can always rely on God and ask for help if we find ourselves facing an obstacle. Ultimately, our final goal in life is God, let us together help each other to accomplish our ultimately goal, because we all have that in common. To think of our goals will helps us know what we ought to do now and every day to get there. "Begin with the end in mind." - Steven R. Covey


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