2nd Sunday of Year A
QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012
6Duration: 8:30 mins
"Just as Jesus' own life was hidden for so many years, the real battle for holiness is largely conducted in the human heart and in secrecy. Blessed John Henry Newman refers to 'secret prayers, secret deeds, secret self-denials, secret struggles and secret victories.' As we begin this new year I would like to suggest we renew our commitment to at least the following 3 actions of the life of genuine holiness, actions that are invisible to others but visible to God. 1st, the practice of confession, by which God heals our hearts from sin. 2nd, the practice of secret, personal daily prayer, by which we come to know and love God intimately. 3rd, the practice of at least a little secret self-denial, by which the root of selfish love is gradually killed within us. May God grant we make use of the extraordinary opportunities for genuine holiness that He has given us, that we come to know and love Him more deeply, and be ready one day to enter His heavenly kingdom."
Today's Readings: Gospel - John 1: 29-34 - “John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’”"
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