Week of December 12th, 2016
Advent | Year A - Week 4 | Sunday, December 18, 2016
Matthew 1: 18-24
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
THE BIRTH OF JESUS
Explore It! During Jesus’ time, it was frowned upon to marry someone who was already pregnant with a child. Joseph believed in the message from the angel and began a journey that would take a considerable amount of faith in God.
Connect It! In today’s society, we as Catholics and Christians often find ourselves at odds with society’s expectations and norms. Do you, as a Christian, find yourself “going against the flow” to do right in front of God? How do you reconcile doing justice, but also stepping out of the norm within yourself?
Reflect It! The Lord sent an angel to communicate to Joseph in a dream. In what ways has the Lord “spoken” to you? How can you tell when He “speaks” to you?
Live it! Righteousness is morally right or justifiable; how do you stand up for your faith? For what’s right? Do your intentions line up with your thoughts and actions?.
Remember It! ““She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
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REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL ROSARY CAMPAIGN 2016
Trong tháng 10 vừa qua, chúng ta đã có một Chiến Dịch Kinh Mân Côi để dâng lên Mẹ Maria. Tổng số Hoa Thiêng chúng ta đã thu hoạch được là 99,643 từ khoảng 3,164 thành viên. Hy vọng mỗi năm các Đoàn luôn hăng hái tham gia chiến dịch, cùng đóng góp hoa thiêng dâng Mẹ. Ban Phụng Vụ xin chân thành cảm ơn đến quý Đoàn và quý Huynh Trưởng đã nhiệt tình đóng góp chia sẻ ý kiến, báo cáo, và hình ảnh về cho Ban Phụng Vụ trong Chiến Dịch Mân Côi vừa qua. Nguyện Thiên Chúa và Mẹ Maria luôn ban nhiều ơn lành trên quý thành viên.
MARIA NGUYỄN THỊ VÂN
Please join us in praying for linh hồn Maria Nguyễn Thị Vân, Mother of Tr. Đặng Thế Ninh, Phó Quản Trị BTV Miền Đông Nam, who just passed away on December 9th, 2016. Our sincerest sympathy and condolences to Tr. Ninh and family in this difficult time. May Jesus, through the intercession of mother Mary, receive linh hồn Maria into His heavenly kingdom. Thành Kính Phân Ưu!
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