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January 6

Elementary​:

Welcome back.

We begin our time back at school and our prayer in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit…

Matthew (2:1-12) ask the question: "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?"

That's the wise men's question. What I like best about the wise men is that they kind of get lost. Seeking the king of the Jews, they set out, not unreasonably, for Jerusalem, where Jewish kings are supposed to live. But Jerusalem was the wrong place.

I know what that feels like. I've often acted because of my temper, out of control feelings or just not paying attention to what's going on and ended up doing something I should never have done – or going places I should never have gone to.  A wiser person might have advised the wise men to make sure they knew where they were going before setting out. Yet, maybe the wise men's wisdom is more about an openness to new directions and flexibility – God's ways are a lot bigger than us and our thinking.

Let's pray – Lord help us to keep exploring your world outside and inside of ourselves. Guide us to where your love is needed most.  We make our prayer in Jesus' name.

Amen.

One last thing, we celebrate today the memorial of St. Andre Bessette who was a humble Canadian healer with great devotion to St. Joseph. We ask for his prayers for healing our lives.

We continue our day seeking Jesus the humble King in the world and in our lives. Amen.


High School:

Welcome back.

We begin our time back at school and our prayer in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit…

Matthew (2:1-12) ask the question: "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?"

That's the wise men's question. What I like best about the wise men is that they kind of get lost. Seeking the king of the Jews, they set out, not unreasonably, for Jerusalem, where Jewish kings are supposed to live? But Jerusalem was the wrong place.

I know what that feels like. I've often acted on partial information, misinformation, information wrongly interpreted, or a guess with no information at all, and ended up someplace I should never have gone to. A wiser person might have advised the wise men to make sure they knew where they were going before setting out. So maybe the wise men's wisdom is more about an openness to new directions and flexibility – God's ways are a lot bigger than us and our thinking.

But what if we don't have all the information? If the wise men had waited for a printout from Google Maps, they'd have waited a long time. Sometimes we must act on limited information, intuition, and hunches, and if we wait too long, events will pass us by.

The wise men knew a momentous event had occurred and they set out to find it. That's risky, but it's a risk we must sometimes take. An unexpected blessing may come to us along the way; perhaps where we didn't intend to go is where we are meant be.

Let's pray – Lord help us to keep exploring your world outside and inside of ourselves. Guide us to where your love is needed most.  We make our prayer in Jesus' name.

Amen.

One last thing, today we celebrate the memorial of St. Andre Bessette who was a humble Canadian healer with great devotion to St. Joseph. We ask for his prayers for healing our lives.

We continue our day seeking Jesus the humble King in the world and in our lives. Amen.