In the first three Chapters of the Book of Genesis, we hear about the creation of the world and all things in it. The story of creation is not a documentary that yields an accurate historical or scientific data. It is a spiritual lesson in story form telling us as much about God as it does about creation. Please notice that there are two stories of creation.
One of the insidious effects of the breakdown of marriage and family life is the erosion of our ability to trust. The development of this muscle of the heart, which God intended to be exercised within the sanctuary of the family, is stunted when the word "vow" no longer connotes permanence, and we are bombarded with private and public examples of infidelity.
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It takes a significant amount of courage and humility to face our own rough edges, but how do we embrace those characteristics? All of our Advent readings can point us towards the right frame of mind to grow this Season. If we really pay attention to what God is telling us, these readings can help us to feel confident that Jesus is truly with us, no matter what challenges we face.
What a blessing to hear the different Scriptures readings during Advent. They lift worried souls. Both Scripture readings on this the Monday of the Second week of Advent are doing just that. In one instance, we have a man who is ill, and others are trying desperately to bring him to Jesus for healing.
Do you believe that I can do this? Yes Lord. He touched their eyes and said, "let it be done for you according to your faith." Their eyes were open. What struck me was the words that Jesus used, according to your faith. In effect I heard Jesus saying that anything and everything that happens with us is dependent on and related to the measure of our faith. Is the glass of our faith half empty or half full?
It’s not by chance that the Lord chose a carpenter to be the foster-father of the Son of God. Right from his betrothal to Mary, Joseph would have started to build a home for the Holy Family. However, then they had to leave that house and travel to Egypt, Joseph, being a carpenter, could then prepare another home; he possessed a skill that would provide a solid home for the Holy Child and His Mother.