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MPS – Christmas 1 – When the preparation began

December 19, 2017
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Mental Prayer Support Podcast – Christmas series

Christmas 1 – When the preparation began

In this series we’re going to meditate upon the most important events related to Jesus’s Nativity.

If it’s your first time here, go to the introduction series, where we show how to get the most out of theses prayers.

In this series of prayers we want to prepare ourselves for Christmas because we don’t want to look back and think that we should have lived this moment differently. This year we want to do the best we can to make room for Jesus in our heart.

Let’s do it together!

This meditation is based on the prophecies in old times regarding the coming of Jesus.

Now we wait for Jesus to come again bringing a new time, but already have the possibility to to have a very intimate life with Him, God with us.

Different from those who lived in the time of those prophecies that were waiting God’s manifestation, we’re just remembering events from the past that changed the whole world and brought us all benefits we have.

Let’s open our hearts to our Good Lord that called us to meet with  him now.

And you accepted.

Catechism of  the Catholic Church 522

“The coming of God’s Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the “First Covenant”. He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, he awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming.”

Centuries before Jesus’s birth, God started preparing the people through the prophets, and here are some things that were said about him:

The Messiah would come to set the people free ( Is 61:1) and to give them peace ( Is 9:6). He would be from the line of David (Isaiah 9: 6) would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1) from a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). He would be the Son of God (Psalm 2: 7), a king (II Samuel 7:12), and his kingdom should have no end (Isaiah 9: 6).

We were created in the image and resemblance of God, which according to the Church Father’s means the dominion over created things, governing the world as God himself would do.

And we can choose whether we want to live God’s will or not. Doing the right things would multiply good things for us and for the others (Deuteronomy 28: 1-14)

However, the problem of choosing the wrong path is that it separates us from God, leading our life to a state of disorder where the truth is not clear anymore, and we end up dominated by our passions and bad habits, or vices. We’re are no longer free. We end up doing lots of bad things, sometimes without realizing it, causing suffering and pain to us and for the others.  (Deuteronomy 28: 15-69)

The consequences of the evil we do are enough to crush us and lead us forever to a place separated from God.

That’s why Jesus came, to deliver us from this dirty path, to pay himself for our evil, to show us the way we should live, and to permit us, one more time to be back to our place, close to the Creator.

This little Child that is coming will take you to Heaven.

Jesus came to set us free and to give us peace and joy.

 

Resources for Meditation
Isaiah 9,1-5

 

1The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

Upon those who lived in a land of gloom

a light has shone.

2You have brought them abundant joy

and great rejoicing;

They rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest,

as they exult when dividing the spoils.

3For the yoke that burdened them,

the pole on their shoulder,

The rod of their taskmaster,

you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.

4For every boot that tramped in battle,

every cloak rolled in blood,

will be burned as fuel for fire.

5For a child is born to us, a son is given to us;

upon his shoulder dominion rests.

They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,

Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.

6His dominion is vast

and forever peaceful,

Upon David’s throne, and over his kingdom,

which he confirms and sustains

By judgment and justice,

both now and forever.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!

Isaiah 9: 2-5

2Like the crocus it shall bloom abundantly,

and rejoice with joyful song.

The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,

the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;

They will see the glory of the LORD,

the splendor of our God.

3Strengthen hands that are feeble,

make firm knees that are weak,

4Say to the fearful of heart:

Be strong, do not fear!

Here is your God,

he comes with vindication;

With divine recompense

he comes to save you.

5Then the eyes of the blind shall see,

and the ears of the deaf be opened;

Ideas for resolution:

If you are thinking of making a confession in preparation for Christmas here are some resources for an examination of conscience:

Brief example of Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments

Here is one Examination of Conscience more detailed

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