Readings 20141206

The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2014. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com  

WORKING ON CHRISTMAS  

“The harvest is good but laborers are scarce.” —Matthew 9:37   Several billion people don’t know the Christ of Christmas. They don’t know He loves them so much that He died on the cross for them. They don’t know that He intends to raise them from the dead. There are so many people who have not heard the good news of Jesus, because so few are working to tell people about Jesus.

Therefore: “Beg the harvest Master to send out laborers to gather His harvest” (Mt 9:38).

Answer your own prayer by working in the harvest. Believe that Jesus has given you the “authority to expel unclean spirits and to cure sickness and disease of every kind” (Mt 10:1).

Use your authority in Jesus. “Cure the sick, raise the dead, heal the leprous, expel demons” (Mt 10:8).

Work to show that God’s kingdom is at hand by giving as a gift what has been given you (Mt 10:8).

As we prepare for Christmas, we have so many things to do. However, our main job is to tell others about Jesus, for no one can have Christmas without knowing Christ. Pray for workers. Be a worker. Be a miracle-worker. Work to prepare yourself and the world for Christmas.  

Prayer: Father, give me the evangelistic zeal of a missionary. Promise: “He will be gracious to you when you cry out, as soon as He hears He will answer you.” —Is 30:19 Praise: St. Nicholas gave gifts that freed others from sin and brought them closer to Christ.   (For a related teaching, order our leaflet Mission Impossible or our audio tape AV 46-1 or video V-46.)   

Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015.†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 30, 2014.  The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2014, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net

Who doesn’t want a life of good health, peace, and well-being? Isaiah foretold that God’s kingdom would overcome sorrow and adversity and bring true peace and prosperity to God’s people. Jesus understood his mission to bring the kingdom in all its fulness to us. The core of the Gospel message is quite simple: the kingdom or reign of God is imminent! The kingdom of God is imminent What is the kingdom of God? It’s the power of God at work in that society of men and women who trust in God and who honor him as their King and Lord. 

In the Lord’s prayer we dare to ask God to reign fully in our lives and in our world: “May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 5:10 ). Jesus’ preaching of God’s kingdom was accompanied by signs and wonders. People were healed not only spiritually, but physically as well. Do you believe in the power of God’s kingdom for your life? Let his word transform your mind and heart that he may reign supreme in every area of your life.

Jesus commissioned his disciples to carry on the works which he did – to speak God’s word and to bring his healing power to the weary and oppressed. Jesus said to his disciples: Freely you have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8). What they had received from Jesus (all free of charge) they must now pass on to others without expecting any kind of payment or reward. They must show by their attitude that their first interest is God, not material gain.

The kingdom of heaven comes to those who receive Christ with faith Jesus’ words are just as relevant today. The kingdom of heaven is available to those who are ready to receive it. We cannot buy heaven; but if we accept the love and mercy of Jesus we already possess heaven in our hearts! The Lord brings his kingdom or heavenly reign to those who receive him with faith and obedience. When the Lord returns in his glory he will fully restore his kingdom of everlasting peace and justice. Do you pray and watch with confident hope for God’s kingdom to come in all its fullness? “Lord Jesus, rouse my spirit from complacency and stir my faith to see you act today. Give me boldness to live and proclaim the message of the kingdom of heaven and to be a prophetic sign of that kingdom to this generation.”

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