Spirit of your Father speaking through you

Greetings on this the Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr
Readings: ACTS 6:8-10; 7:54-59; PS 31:3CD-4, 6 AND 8AB, 16BC AND 17; MT 10:17-22
Notes: Merry Christmas! You can say Merry Christmas through January 9th. 2023.

  • Proclaim the Good News!
  • Proclaim the Incarnation and the Resurrection!

It will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

John preached baptism of repentance which contained this instruction to the ordinary people, tax collector and soldiers:

  1. And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?”
  2. Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?”
  3. Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do?”

He said to them in reply:

  1. “Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.”
  2. “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
  3. “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.”

Merry Christmas!

The Octave of Christmas.

  1. The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
  2. Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr.
  3. Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist.
  4. Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs.
  5. The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas.
  6. Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (x-fered to 30th as Christmas is on a Sunday this year).
  7. The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas.
  8. The Octave Day of Christmas Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

The Season of Christmas contunes.

  1. Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church.
  2. Christmas Weekday.
  3. Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious.
  4. Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop.
  5. Christmas Weekday. Epiphany moved to Sunday from Friday.
  6. Christmas Weekday.
  7. The Epiphany of the Lord (bumped from the Friday the 6th to the second Sunday).
  8. The Baptism of the Lord (bumped to the Monday after the second Sunday).

Ordinary Time Begins on Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time.

First reading
Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people.

But he, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

As they were stoning Stephen, he called out “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

Responsorial Psalm
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety. You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.

Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God. I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy.

Rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your kindness.

Alleluia Verse
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD: the LORD is God and has given us light.

Gospel Portion
Coming Persecutions.

When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

We live in an age of excessive opinionating and expression without thought, reflection or true insight.
Speaking for my tribe, we have quite a few who project and subject people unnecessarily.

Make sure if you are persecuted it isn’t for those reasons.

  • Proclaim the Good News!
  • Proclaim the Incarnation and the Resurrection!

It will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

If you are really moved to be John the Baptist then focus on:

  • “Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.”
  • “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
  • “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.”

It will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Anything else is moralizing only.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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