24 Dec Hope-Filled Crisis (Lk 1:69) by Dr. Pat Castle
“He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David.” ~ Lk 1:69 (full readings).
Pat’s Reflections: Wow, Advent ends tonight, the wait is over! Mary’s hope-filled crisis pregnancy will pierce the darkness forever when the Christ child is born into the world. Tonight, we open our arms to hold baby Jesus knowing that at the end of Lent our mighty Savior will open His arms on the cross to hold us for eternity. Christ chose to become poor for our sake, yet our world chooses to abort millions of children because they are poor. God meets us in our poverty. May we empty ourselves before the manger, so we can be fed with the Christmas Spirit!
* Dr. Pat Castle and his wife Angi live in Jefferson City, MO with their daughters Paige and Grace. Pat is the Vitae Foundation president and the National LIFE Runners Team co-founder. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Invite others to join you for Christmas church service. Take time to pause and reflect in front of a manger scene – oh, how He loves us.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Christmas at Greccio. “Greccio, the spot in central Italy where St. Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas crib in the year 1223.”
Faith Quote: “Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.” ~ George W. Truett
Through Christ our Lord,