As Jesus passed by

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Greetings on this the Friday of the First Week of Advent
Readings: IS 29:17-24; PS 27:1, 4, 13-14; MT 9:27-31
Notes: When the Lord Jesus passes by you, what will you ask of him?

Short Story on Bypasses

Story about highway bypasses in the United States and Mexico and how devastating bypass roads are to so many small towns. The balancing act between fast, safe travel through and the needs of local commerce. But this is not our topic directly. You see if you bypass, you don’t get to pass by. When Jesus passes by, what will you ask of him?

If you need help with asking, see the first reading!

[Moses] So the LORD passed before him and proclaimed: The LORD, the LORD, a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity. Moses at once knelt and bowed down to the ground (Ex 34:6, 8).

[Elijah] Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by (1 Kng 19:11).

As Jesus passed by or Jesus passing by or similar expressions of movement Jesus is always on the move.

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness (Mt 9:35).

Pass by – not bypass!

First reading
When his children see the work of my hands in his midst, They shall keep my name holy; they shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob, and be in awe of the God of Israel.

  1. Orchard so full as if a forest
  2. Deaf Hear
  3. Blind See
  4. Lowly find Joy
  5. Poor Rejoice
  6. Tyrant no more
  7. Arrogant gone
  8. Doers of evil cut off
  9. Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding, and those who find fault shall receive instruction.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord is my light and my salvation.

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.

Alleluia Verse
Behold, our Lord shall come with power; he will enlighten the eyes of his servants.

Gospel Portion
The Healing of Two Blind Men.
As Jesus passed by…

Pass by – not bypass!
When the Lord Jesus passes by you, what will you ask of him?

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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