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CHRISTMAS WEEKDAY

1 John 5:5-13


Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?


This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Psalm 147: 12-15, 19-20


Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!

Praise your God, O Zion!

For he strengthens the bars of your gates;

he blesses your children within you.

He grants peace within your borders;

he fills you with the finest of wheat.

He sends out his command to the earth;

his word runs swiftly.


He declares his word to Jacob,

his statutes and ordinances to Israel.

He has not dealt thus with any other nation;

they do not know his ordinances.

Praise the Lord!

Mark 1: 7-11

John the Baptist proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

(NRSVCE)


Meditation



"Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" This first line in today's scriptures makes us pause. We are told that we can conquer the world if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God.


How do we conquer the world? John the Baptist tells us that the power that Jesus has is so much greater than the power that he imparts in the baptism of repentance. We know that repentance itself is powerful. The path of holiness is the path of the repentant. It is pleasing to God. It sets us apart and unites us on the journey that leads to the Kingdom of God. Yet, repentance is an act of our wills and repentance means that we constantly search our conscience and guard our minds and hearts from sin. As a fallen creation, born in concupiscence and carnality, susceptible to sin, we cannot be perfectly holy without the help of the Holy Spirit.


We need the help of the Holy Spirit to be holy, to refrain from sin, and to conquer the world that tempts us to love and idolize it seeking our worth and satisfaction from it.


The Holy Spirit comes upon us from heaven in baptism. He lives within us and imparts wisdom. Because we believe in Jesus, we have the power of the Holy Trinity who guides our hearts to decide for the Lord to love Him and his law by loving others.


When we embrace God's words and the mystery of the Trinity, we receive life and new hope. We find God the Father as the author of life who gave us a law of love to keep us safe; Jesus the Son who fulfilled that law of love by saving us from death. Today, think about the power that we possess to overcome the world. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to do the works of God and stay focused on His Kingdom.



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