December 2021

Friday of Christmas Week

Friday December 31, 2021 Jesse Tree- Angels Psalm 96: 1-2 Out last Jesse Tree symbol is angels. The Psalmist tells us to sing a new song to the Lord. The refrain is “Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad.” A new song was sung by the angels on Christmas: “Glory to God!” And down […]

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Tuesday of Christmas Week

Tuesday December 28, 2021 Jesse Tree- Innocents  1 John 1:5-2:2 Today we remember the Holy Innocents and hang their ornament on the Jesse Tree. John’s letter admonishes us that if we “talk the talk, we must walk the walk.” If we claim to care for the unborn (the innocents), then we must care for them once

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Monday of Christmas Week

Monday December 27, 2021 Jesse Tree-Shepherds  John 20:1a, 2-8 In her wisdom, the church gives us a resurrection story today. Mary Magdalene ran to tell Simon Peter that the tomb was empty. Our Jesse Tree ornament is the shepherds. They ran to Bethlehem at the behest of angels to see the newborn king. Upon arrival, they

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Sunday of Christmas Week

Sunday December 26, 2021 Jesse Tree-Holy Family 1 John 3:1-2 Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. Our Jesse Tree ornament depicts the family consisting of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. The second reading from Mass today is taken from the first letter of John where he tells us that we are “called the children of

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Christmas Eve

Friday December 24, 2021 Jesse Tree-Mary Luke 1:67-79 Zechariah’s beautiful canticle is today’s Gospel. In front of friends and family, he lifts his voice in a prophetic song, from his newly loosed tongue, after his son John is circumcised. This canticle praises God for keeping his word and announces that his son will prepare the way for

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Thursday Week Four of Advent

Thursday December 23, 2021 Jesse Tree-Joseph Malachi 3:23 The prophet Malachi tells us today that the Messiah will “turn the hearts of fathers to their children.” Our Jesse Tree addition is the model of fatherhood, St. Joseph. A quiet man of strength and faith, St. Joseph’s heart was more than turned to his child, he never needed

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Wednesday Week Four of Advent

Wednesday December 22, 2021 Jesse Tree-John the Baptizer 1Samuel 2:1-7 and Luke 1:46-56 From the first book of Samuel, we hear Hannah’s hymn of praise which is echoed in Mary’s Magnificat from Luke’s Gospel. Both hymns, or canticles, speak of how God is mindful of the lowly and forgets not his promises. The Jesse Tree’s ornament symbolizes

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