THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.
Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
December 25th – Christmas Day 2019
Christ, the Wisdom of God
“He came to his own domain and his own people did not accept him.” In the presence of the Christmas Crib and conscious of the stable Christ was born in, we can so easily hear that sentence and stand in judgement on the people of the past. But we need to let it speak to us about ourselves. We are now the people Christ lives among. What difference does that make in our lives? To accept him means to be on fire with all that he stands for in humanity’s relationship with God and with the world we live in. It is to take seriously our call to love in marriage and in family life in ways that radiate God to the world. It means building our parish community so that every person is cared for and where each one is valued and treasured. It means being a people who are part of the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God. That is again the challenge of faith during this Christmas time.
Morning Prayer, when together
God of power and life,
glory of all who believe in you,
fill the world with your splendour
and show the nations the light of your truth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
During the day, when apart
Lord, make holy the gift of our love
through the coming of your Son
who shows us the way of truth
and promises the life of your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Evening/Night Prayer together
Lord, hear our prayers
as we thank you for our marriage.
Keep us faithful to your word and help us grow in love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Questions for Action for the week
For your marriage: What can you do to strengthen your marriage during this Christmas time? Share this with your wife/husband this week.
For others: What can you do over this Christmas time that would be helpful to people in your parish community?