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Your weekly Journey of Faith reflection

"The Almighty has done great things for me"

"The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God..."​

Isaiah 61:1-2
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

When we say something is "palpable", it is tangible; we can touch it and perceive it as evident.
Christmas is about God's palpability, His presence with us. He remains palpable in the form of the Holy Spirit, the same spirit spoken of by the ancient prophets.

Jesus spoke Isaiah's prophetic words while teaching in the synagogue at Nazareth. As a revered rabbi, He was invited to read Scripture, and chose that day to read Isaiah's prophesy, following the Old Testament reading with the unabashed declaration, He was pointing to God's presence in their midst!

What was for Isaiah in the far distant future—the first and second comings of the Messiah—for us has passed in the first instance and might just be around the corner in the second when our Savior comes again. In the meantime, we get to celebrate that palpable Incarnation every year and carry His Spirit within us every day.

"The Almighty Has Done Great Things for Me"​

How the people of Israel longed
to see Your face, O Lord!
Yet when You came and walked this earth
so few recognized You and fewer still
were brave enough to follow.

You fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah
by doing the work of the Messiah:
Announcing Good News to the poor,
healing the sick, and setting free
all enslaved by sin.

How people long to see Your face, Lord Jesus!
You who are like us in all things but sin,
help us to do what You did:
Be instruments of God's mercy and love
and channels of God's grace
that in seeing our work
people may also see You.

Amen.

~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, the Son of God—who even in His perfection attended weekly services—was driven out of the temple, rejected in His own home town because He stated that the Gentiles were included in God's salvation plan. But Jesus brings the Good News to ALL: by healing the afflicted, those distressed with mental or bodily pain; by binding up the brokenhearted, literally "pulling the pieces back together"; and by freeing the prisoners from captivity and giving them a clean slate. The Spirit of the Lord is upon us when we take on Jesus' mission to bring about God's Reign here and now.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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