05 Dec Our Mother (Is 25:9-10) by Diane Overmann
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“Behold our God to whom we looked to save us. This is the Lord for whom we looked: let us rejoice and be glad that He has saved us!” ~ Is 25:9-10 (full readings)
Diane’s Reflections: During Advent often we look to Mary as a model, especially during this year of faith. Always her role is to direct us to the Savior of the world that she held within her, and as mothers do, to teach us faith and joy. Right before His death, Jesus turned Mary over to John. However, John symbolized all of us and thus Mary is our mother. In Advent we think of how Jesus was formed in her womb as her body and spirit cooperated with the Holy Spirit in creating the baby, as it is with all mothers. After the birth which we celebrate in a few short weeks, she went on molding the child Jesus as she taught Him to walk, speak, care for those around Him. Yes, He is the Son of God, and yet as a human He had a mother to do the tasks of all mothers in what we call the formative years. In humility, we need to be like young children and turn to our mother with outstretched arms and invite her to help us become more and more open to the holy within and around us. Let us join with our Mother in praying for those who need to welcome the child within their wombs as she did, and for each other as we learn the ongoing process of welcoming the Savior of the world.
* Diane Overmann is the Faith Formation Director at St. Clare Catholic School in O’Fallon, IL. She also presents catechist classes for the Diocese of Belleville, IL.
Faith Challenge: We need to spend some time today, talking with our mother. We might ask her to help us to be open to the Spirit of God forming us into faithful followers of our Savior. Rejoice in the Lord. Again, I say: “Rejoice.”
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Saint Sabas.
Faith Quote: “Call your mother!” ~ Unknown
Through Christ our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will and 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 (and families): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 and 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 and 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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