Lent 2023 First Reading

Saturday of the first week Moses speaks to the people in Deuteronomy 26: 16-19. The Study Bible says it is a, “ completion and explanation of the law proclaimed on Mount Sinai.” “And today the Lord is making this agreement with you: you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;Continue reading “Lent 2023 First Reading”

Lent 2023 First Reading

First Sunday of Lent Before I start my reflection today, I would like to add a disclaimer. I do not hate men. I have a wonderful husband, a terrific Dad, 3 amazing sons and 1 fabulous son-in-law, a great uncle, 2 brothers….you get the picture. What I do detest, is getting only the “man’s pointContinue reading “Lent 2023 First Reading”

Lent 2023 First Reading

Day 2, Thursday after Ash Wednesday Today’s reading is taken from the book of Deuteronomy. According to the Catholic Study Bible, Moses is speaking to his people on the eve of his death. These are some of his final words. Moses tells the Israelite community they have a choice to make, and that choice willContinue reading “Lent 2023 First Reading”

Advent 2022 December 24th

An angel graces our ornament for today, Christmas Eve. How appropriate it is that we hang an image of this heavenly being on the Advent tree. Zimmerman uses Luke 2: 9-11, “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angelContinue reading “Advent 2022 December 24th”

Advent 2022 Day 27

Today’s ornament is the Chi Rho. It is the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ. Zimmerman reflects with the children on names, their own names given by their parents, and the name Christian, given by their baptism. She says that our names stay with us always, they identify who we are. “Christian,Continue reading “Advent 2022 Day 27”

Advent 2022 Day 26

Today the picture on the ornament is a penny. Zimmerman reflects with the children about money. She says, “Money, by itself, is not good or bad. It’s what people do — or don’t do — with their money that is good or bad,” depending on the choices they make. I think it is interesting toContinue reading “Advent 2022 Day 26”

Advent 2022 Day 24

Ashes are the picture on the ornament for today. Zimmerman uses Genesis 3:19 to reflect. “By the sweat of your brow will you eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” At first glance it feels like thisContinue reading “Advent 2022 Day 24”

Advent 2022 Day 23

The ornament today is a picture of wafers and grapes. Zimmerman speaks about the Last Supper and tells how Jesus took the bread and wine at that meal and blessed it. He then asked that every time his followers gathered together, they should, “do this in remembrance of me.” For Catholics, this blessing of theContinue reading “Advent 2022 Day 23”

Advent 2022 Day 21

Today’s ornament is a picture of a fishing lure. Zimmerman uses Luke 5:1-11 to illustrate her reflection. These verses tell the story of the tired fishermen, who had been up through the night, fishing without a catch. Jesus borrows their boat, preaches from it for a while, and then turns to Peter and asks himContinue reading “Advent 2022 Day 21”

Advent 2022 Day 20

The heart is on our ornament today. How fitting it is for the season of Advent. Zimmerman uses 1John 4:7-8, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love.”Continue reading “Advent 2022 Day 20”