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December 25, 2020

Daily Reflection for Christmas Day

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on the readings for Christmas Day at this link:

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10
Responsorial: Psalm 98:1-6
Reading 2: Hebrews 1:1-6
Gospel: John 1:1-18

For Christmas Day we offer you a poem by Howard Thurman. May you light many candles this Christmas season!

I will light Candles this Christmas,
Candles of joy despite all the sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all year long.

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among others,
To make music in the heart.

Howard Thurman (1899-1981), author, theologian, philosopher, educator, and civil rights leader. In 1944, he helped found the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, one of the first racially integrated churches. He played an active role in many social justice movements. As a theologian and advocate of radical nonviolence, he was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others in the Civil Rights Movements.

Wishing you Christmas blessings,The St. Monica Daily Scripture Reflections Ministry


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