John 5: 33-36
Friday of the Third week of Advent
Today I will read a couple of numbers about prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (hint: the fourth and final section of the Ccatechism).
John 5: 33-36
Introductory Prayer: Father, you
turn our weakness into strength. Give us the courage to bear witness to your truth. We ask this
through Christ oour Lord.
Petition: Jesus, let me live this day united to
1. John Wwas a bBurning and sShining lLamp:. God’s holiness is manifested in
a magnificent way through his saints. The beauty of creation confesses the beauty of the Creator.;
tThe order of the universe shows his wisdom and providence;. aAnd the saints reveal hisGod’s
holiness in a magnificent way. Such was the case with St. John the Baptist. John’s light was not his
own. It was God’s grace, with which John collaborated by the natural fruit of his sincere effort to
seek and serve God in all things. Genuine union with God makes the heart and soul glow with
2. For a wWhile yYou wWere cContent to rRejoice in hHis lLight:. The recent
not so distant death of Pope John Paul II demonstrateds the attractive force of holiness as lived by
the saints. At his funeral, the multitudes came to pay respects to the one they esteemed to be a
“‘man of God’.” In the same way, the multitudes came to John the Baptist to hear his message which
resonated in their hearts. His message and example stirred their hearts with the hope that he might
be the long-awaited mMessiah. But However, the saints never try to draw us to themselves. Like
living signs, they point beyond themselves to a greater reality: Jesus. Souls never come to us to
admire the brilliance of our extraordinary human gifts, but only to receive the warmth of holiness
and true love for our Lord.
3. But I hHave tTestimony gGreater than John’s. The saints are examples of
holiness but Jesus himself is the source and model of all holiness (cf. Cfr. Catechism of the
Catholic Church, CC 459). As Jesus comes to establish God’s the Kingdom of God in every human heart,
even the holiness of the greatest of saints is but a dim reflection of the grandeur of God the
Father. Jesus continuously acknowledges that love for his Father is the driving force in his life.
He comes to reveal his Father to us, and in so doing he announces and procures our eternal adoption
as the Father’s children of the Father.
Dialogue with Christ: Jesus, I want to live united to you
in prayer so as to live faithfully to you in my actions. You are holy and ask me to be holy. I want
to be holy not for my own sake, but as a way of loving you and bringing others to know you. Without
your grace I cannot do this. Mother mMost pPure, make my heart only for Jesus.
Today I will read a couple of numbers about prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (hint:
the fourth and final section of the Ccatechism).