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Day 12- Thursday, December 13th
A Note to Parents
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Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Isaiah 41:13-20
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:11-15
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In the book of Isaiah today, we hear God talking about one of the corporal works of mercy. He talks about giving drink to the thirsty when He speaks of those who need a drink and says that “I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.” That means He will not let them stay thirsty, He will give them a drink! He will open up the rivers and fountains of the earth, and He will create lush, rich, beautiful land out of wasteland. A wasteland can be sort of like a big empty space, or like a big garbage pile. It is very important to care for all of God’s creation, and to care for God’s people by helping to make sure that everyone has fresh water to drink.
We should remember that God created all of Creation out of nothing, so it’s not difficult for God to create beautiful things out of our emptiness and messiness. God chooses to work through us! So, when God wants to give a drink to the thirsty, He often will ask us to help Him do something about it. Does God need our help? Well, no. But He knows that it is good for our souls to always be helping others.
We also hear God talking about planting trees in the desert! A desert is a dry, sandy place where it is difficult to grow plants because it is so sandy and dry. But, that’s not a problem for God. God can turn desert land into a beautiful forest! God loves to bring new life into the world for us. And He does this every day at Mass, doesn’t He? Yes. God brings new life into the world every day at Mass through the bread and wine transformed into His Body and Blood – through the Eucharist! So, we are waiting for Jesus to return to earth in the sky, right? Well, while we are waiting for Him to come back, we can remember that He also has never really left us completely. He told the disciples that He would be with them always until the end of the age. And, we can remember that in a very special way, Jesus is always with us in the Eucharist – in the Blessed Sacrament at every Mass!
While we wait in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus, and while we are watching the horizon, let’s remember to help others for Jesus, okay? Let’s remember to help lead others to good food and fresh drink. And the best food and drink is at Mass!
- Why is the best food and drink at Mass?
- What is one work of mercy we learned about today?
- How can you and your family bring this work of mercy to those in need this Advent?
You can sing along as we sing the next verse of “Come Thou Font”, and if possible, have the father trace a cross on each child’s head with holy water. This would be a great time to light your Advent candles if you have not done so already.
Oh, that day when freed from sinning
I shall see Thy lovely face
Clothed then in the blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy wondrous grace
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry
Take my ransomed soul away
Send Thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day
Now let’s say a decade of the Divine Mercy Chaplet! You know all the prayers, so get ready to say it all together. Let’s make the sign of the Cross to begin: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
- Eternal Father, I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, thy dearly beloved Son, in atonement for our sins, and for those of the whole world. (x1)
- For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (x10)
- Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (x3)
Sign of the Cross: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.