Matt 21:32 (ready for Christmas?)

15 Dec Matt 21:32 (ready for Christmas?)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).
“Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.” Matt 21:32 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: What does it take to change your mind? Thank God for ultrasound machines that give parents an opportunity to see Life and change their mind about having an abortion. Think of the times that God has given us opportunities to change our minds by providing a clear message through a fellow Christian…that was ignored because of stubborn deafness to His voice and self-righteous attitude towards others. Lord, when we realize that we are wrong, may we courageously change our mind and heart…and then reconcile ourselves closer to you. Amen.
* The LIFE Group Devotions began in Dec 2007 (about). In Rich’s 9 Dec 2007 devotion, he wrote about a retreat speaker mentioning how we often ask “Are you ready for Christmas?”…intending tree/lights/gifts/cards…but not intending praying/confessing sins/serving the most needy. Are you ready for Christmas?

Faith Challenge: In preparation to see and hear our Lord on Christmas morning, let’s embrace the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation this week. If we can wait in shopping lines and Santa lines, we can gladly wait in Jesus lines. As we wait in line for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, remember that we are waiting in line to hear Jesus speak through the priest. To encourage the LIFE Group, consider sharing any special Sacrament of Reconciliation experiences as a comment to this devotion on the website or Facebook.  

Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). View, add, update Prayers on our website. Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Blessed Mary Frances Schervier

Faith Quotes:
* “Santa brought me presents…but Jesus brought me Life.”  ~ unknown
* “Let no one mislead you or prevent you from seeing what really matters. Turn to Jesus, listen to Him, and discover the true meaning and direction of your lives.” ~ John Paul II
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.

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