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Be On Fire for the Lord

December 22, 2013



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)


Wow this is big but will the people of the house of David get after all this is not the first time they have been told of Immanuel’s birth.

How many will recognize it, when it happens?

How will they be changed?        

What will stand in the way of some realizing the miracle and others not?


In the verse just before this it says

“Unless your faith is firm

you shall not be firm!


While this is not apart of the reading it is important for us to have a strong faith, because without a strong faith we will be subject??????.....


Ps 24:1-6


The Lord’s are the earth and its fullness the world and those who dwell in it

Who can ascend to his holy place?


Are your hands sinless? I like to meet this person but I really don’t think they exist? If you are blessed to live a long life there is a one thing you’ve done that you’re not that proud of.

Is your heart clean? I know a lot of good people but none of them have clean hearts because they are human and have lived past infancy, it’s just the way I see it.

Who desires not what is vain? Have you ever wanted something that is not yours?  

Who swears deceitfully to his neighbor? Road rage!!!!!

If I am wrong and you’re out there listening to me now and you are offended, I am sorry. But know this that God has a blessing for those of us who don’t fix this bill.  I am so glad.


Thankfully, though, if you keep reading the bible you’ll see how those of us who are not perfect can make it to heaven too.


Rom 1:1-7


This reading is from Paul to the Romans and it is the gospel about God’s Son who was descended form David according to the flesh and is the Son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness, by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Jesus we are given favor with apostleship to spread His name (Jesus) and bring to obedient faith all the Gentiles.  Who are the Gentiles? Those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ? Keep reading there is some good stuff in this book it will give you hope when you need it. Peace at all times and life to be lived for God, this is a good thing not a punishment. In all things give praise. That wasn’t in this reading but I felt it needed to be said.


Mt 11:18-24


Wayward children

This is kind of funny to me in this reading, they, the people of the time, say that John must be mad because he is neither eating nor drinking. The Son of Man appeared eating and drinking and they said, “This one is a glutton and drunkard, a lover of tax collectors and those outside the law”

Back to one of my other reflections do we really get the miracles in front of us?


Go back and read this again because it is saying that if in the land where Jesus preformed most of His miracles these people did not reform their ways, it will go easier at judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you Chorazin and Capernaum (where Jesus did most of His miracles) “are to  be exalted to the skies? You shall go down to the realm of death!”


Thought Questions


Think about what the writer is saying, that if the miracles were done in Sodom they would have changed their ways. Hum, ever seen a born again Christian and how on fire for the Lord they are? Perhaps we should find a way to be just as on fire and anew our love for God the Father Son and Holy Spirit. Shouldn’t we be concerned that the people we come in contact with know the Lord?


Wouldn’t it be a better place to live if we were all on fire for the Lord? Wouldn’t it be a better place if we were all trying our best to be like the nature of the Lord who made us in His Image, and who Loves us, Sacrificed for us, and shows us His mercy, grace, and forgiveness everyday.


By Joycelyn Lombard





Reading 1 IS 7:10-14


The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying: 
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; 
let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people, 
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: 
the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, 
and shall name him Emmanuel.


Responsorial PsalmPS 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6


R. (7c and 10b) Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory.
The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.

Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.

He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.

Reading 2 ROM 1:1-7


Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God,
which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
the gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh, 
but established as Son of God in power 
according to the Spirit of holiness 
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, 
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Gospel MT 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.

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Fr. Bill  |  LA  |  December 22, 2013  |  3:37 PM


It's funny. You read the wrong read Mt. 11, when the Text for the day was Mt. chapter 1. You read about how we should be amazed at what God does for us, when the reading was about Joseph taking Mary into his home. Well, I read the wrong readings, too, the ones for last year, about Mary and Elizabeth, and so the sermon I'd prepared had little to do with what people heard read from the Bible, this morning!

What do you think God is trying to tell us?

I think He has a sense of humor. And I think He wanted to say that He offers refuge and safety (Joseph taking Mary into his home--otherwise she might well have been killed by stoning), no matter what our mistakes! And it is this miracle of His salvific love that reaches out to us in everything from the Cross, no matter where we are or what we've done that should be "amazing" to all the created universe. But we "feel" that love most clearly when it comes through another human being. We can each be Joseph for someone, can't we? We can each find a way to offer refuge--safety--support--care--to one who needs it. And as the "miracles" of loving refuge multiply it becomes easier and easier to Trust His Grace, and harder and harder to ignore it. 

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