Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

December 17th – 23rd 2017

Our Joy in Christ

“He (John the Baptist) was not the light, only a witness to speak for the light.” We live in a world where we take light for granted – until there is a breakdown in the electricity service! Then we can feel lost and fearful and angry. We also live in a world that we take for granted is in good shape and yet there is so much pain and distress in the lives of people all around us. We don’t have to save the world we live in. Our task is to make it possible for Christ to save our world. We do this by being witnesses for the light through the quality of our love radiating out to all we meet. This is done in all kinds of ways through the gentleness of the intimate relationships of marriage and family life. But, as we approach Christmas, we can make a special effort to reach out to those who are in need or living in isolation, especially in our faith community.

Morning Prayer, when together

Lord God may we, your people

who look forward to the birthday of Christ

experience the joy of salvation

and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

During the day, when apart

Lord, may the gift of our love for each other

which we offer in faith and love

be a continual song in your honour

and truly become our joy and our salvation.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Evening/Night Prayer together

God of mercy,

Give us your divine help that we may grow in our love.

Free us from our sins, fill us with joy,

and prepare us for the birthday of our Saviour.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: How can you bring joy to each other this week?

Plan for one thing you will do for your wife/husband and one thing you will do together.

For others: Do you as a couple know anyone who has little joy in his/her life? Plan to bring them a little joy this week.