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Daily Reading

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 5:34-42

A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,
a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,
stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,
and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,
be careful what you are about to do to these men.
Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,
and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,
and all those who were loyal to him
were disbanded and came to nothing.
After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census.
He also drew people after him,
but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered.
So now I tell you,
have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
it will destroy itself.
But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”
They were persuaded by him.
After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
and dismissed them.
So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14

R. (see 4abc) One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
One thing I ask of the LORD
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Mt 4:4b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 6:1-15

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

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Saint of the Day

St. Nicholas of Myra

St. Nicholas of Myra

Feast date: Dec 06

On Dec. 6, the faithful commemorate a bishop in the early church who was known for generosity and love of children. Born in Lycia in Asia Minor around the late third or fourth century, St. Nicholas of Myra is more than just the inspiration for the modern day Santa.

As a young man he is said to have made a pilgrimage to Palestine and Egypt in order to study in the school of the Desert Fathers. On returning some years later he was almost immediately ordained Bishop of Myra, which is now Demre, on the coast of modern day Turkey. The bishop was imprisoned during the Diocletian persecution and only released when Constantine the Great came to power and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.

One of the most famous stories of the generosity of St. Nicholas says that he threw bags of gold through an open window in the house of a poor man to serve as dowry for the man’s daughters, who otherwise would have been forced into prostitution. The gold is said to have landed in the family’s shoes, which were drying near the fire. This is why children leave their shoes out by the door, or hang their stockings by the fireplace in the hopes of receiving a gift on the eve of his feast.

St. Nicholas is associated with Christmas because of the tradition that he had the custom of giving secret gifts to children. It is also conjectured that the saint, who was known to wear red robes and have a long white beard, was culturally converted into the large man with a reindeer-drawn sled full of toys because in German, his name is “San Nikolaus” which almost sounds like “Santa Claus.” In the East, he is known as St. Nicholas of Myra for the town in which he was bishop. But in the West he is called St. Nicholas of Bari because, during the Muslim conquest of Turkey in 1087, his relics were taken to Bari by the Italians. St Nicholas is the patron of children and of sailors. His intercession is sought by the shipwrecked, by those in difficult economic circumstances, and for those affected by fires. He died on December 6, 346.


Daily Inspiration

A Blueprint for Discipleship / Un Plan Para el Discipulado

We are a family of eight, so we typically drive for vacations or to visit family. When preparing for such a trip, I usually have two primary concerns that everything else flows from: how many pairs of underwear does everyone need and do I have enough car snacks to keep everyone happy? We always bring home food because I overpacked the snacks. 

While reading today’s Gospel passage, I have to wonder at all the women who thought they had packed enough food to keep their little circle of people content. You can only pack for what you expect to need, and I don’t think anyone expected to be out with Jesus for three days. 

Can you imagine? Three days so focused on what Jesus had to say that you didn’t leave to restock supplies? Three days of steady preaching, teaching, and healing. These people literally dropped everything to sit at Jesus’ feet. While perhaps Jesus isn’t asking us to drop all the plans we have and sit in adoration for three days straight, I think there is much we can learn from the attitude of the crowd. 

They stayed with Jesus. As long as He had something to say, they kept listening. As He moved along the shore and even up to a mountain, they followed. At the sight of His miracles, they praised God. When they were in need, they didn’t grumble among themselves. Rather, they sat down and waited obediently on the Lord to provide for their needs. Isn’t this the life of a Christian disciple? It’s like a blueprint for discipleship in a few simple phrases. 

To remain with Jesus is:

  • To listen
  • To follow
  • To praise
  • To wait in obedience

For many of us, we might be really good at one or two of these things. But I would bet there is at least one that you immediately recognize as an area for growth. Start a conversation with Jesus today about how He is inviting you this Advent season to grow closer to Him. Perhaps you are being invited to periods of silence. Perhaps you are facing a challenge and it is difficult to offer praise to God in the midst of the struggle. Whatever it may be, ask Jesus to reveal to you how He would like you to grow in discipleship and holiness through the journey of Advent.

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Somos una familia de ocho personas, por lo que normalmente viajamos en carro durante las vacaciones o para visitar a la familia. Cuando me preparo para un viaje, generalmente tengo dos preocupaciones principales de las que fluye todo lo demás: ¿cuántos pares de ropa interior necesitan todos y si tengo suficientes refrigerios en el carro para mantener a todos felices? Siempre traemos comida a casa porque empaqué demasiados refrigerios.

Mientras leo el pasaje del Evangelio de hoy, tengo que preguntarme si todas las mujeres pensaron que habían empacado suficiente comida para mantener contento a su pequeño círculo de personas. Solo empacas lo que esperas necesitar, y no creo que nadie esperaba estar con Jesús durante tres días.

¿Puedes imaginarlo? ¿Tres días tan concentrado en lo que Jesús tenía que decir que nadie se fue a surtir su canasta? Tres días de constante predicación, enseñanza y sanidad. Estas personas literalmente dejaron todo para sentarse a los pies de Jesús. Lo más seguro es que Jesús no nos esté pidiendo abandonar todos los planes que tenemos y nos sentemos en adoración durante tres días seguidos, pero creo que podemos aprender mucho de la actitud de la multitud.

Se quedaron con Jesús. Mientras tenía algo que decir, seguían escuchando. Mientras se movía a lo largo de la costa e incluso hasta una montaña, ellos lo siguieron. Al ver sus milagros, alabaron a Dios. Cuando tenían necesidad, no se quejaban entre ellos. Más bien, se sentaron y esperaron obedientemente que el Señor proveyera sus necesidades. ¿No es esta la vida de un discípulo cristiano? Es como un modelo para el discipulado en unas frases simples.

Permanecer con Jesús es:

  • Escuchar
  • Seguir
  • Alabar
  • Esperar en obediencia

Para muchos de nosotros, podríamos ser realmente buenos en una o dos de estas cosas. Pero supongo que hay al menos uno que reconoces de inmediato como un área de crecimiento. Inicie una conversación con Jesús hoy sobre cómo te está invitando en esta temporada de Adviento a acercarse más a Él. Quizás te está invitando a períodos de silencio. Tal vez estás enfrentando un reto y es difícil ofrecer alabanza a Dios en medio de la batalla. Sea lo que sea, pídele a Jesús que te revele cómo le gustaría que crecieras en el discipulado y la santidad a lo largo del camino del Adviento.

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Kate Taliaferro is an Air Force wife and mother. She is blessed to be able to homeschool, bake bread and fold endless piles of laundry. When not planning a school day, writing a blog post or cooking pasta, Kate can be found curled up with a book or working with some kind of fiber craft. Kate blogs at DailyGraces.net.

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