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This week's gold nugget comes from Luke 2:11, " For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
A Christian family was about to be shocked! They had invited a teenage boy to their home just before Christmas. When the young visitor arrived, he was drawn to a small nativity scene on the living room coffee table. Studying the characters for a minute, he looked up and asked, " Who's the kid?"
The family looked at each other stunned! This young man, born and raised in America, had no idea that the infant lying in that manger represented Jesus Christ.
The ignorance is no accident. Such ignorance is tragic but is becoming more and more common. When the world pauses to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Satan works overtime to keep people in blindness and blur the truth of the Saviour's birth, with reindeer, Santa and commercialism. Lawsuits are filed to remove nativity scenes. Carols that mention Christ's name are taboo. Department stores tout their "X-mas" sales. "Winter Break" replaces Christmas break for public schools.
God became man and came into this world to purchase redemption for sinful, fallen man, with His own blood. It is through Christ that our sins are paid for and eternal life given to all those who will repent and believe.
I hope your holiday season is a joyous and blessed one and, most importantly, a focused one....focused on it's purpose and message. And I pray your children and children's children won't look up at somebody some day and say, " Who's the kid?" For their souls eternal destination is determined by what they do with that "kid" in the manger!
Wednesday, December 11: Knights of Columbus will conduct a Marian Hour of Prayer as part of the 7:00 p.m. Mass.
Advent Penance services, at 7:00 p.m. will be held on the following:
Tuesday, December 10: St. Lawrence, Great Bend.
Thursday, December 12: St. Martin of Tours, Jackson.
Monday, December 16: St. Josephs, St. Joseph.
Wednesday, December 18: St. Johns, Susquehanna.
Thursday, December 19: Holy Name of Mary, Montrose.
Monday, December 23: St. Francis, Friendsville.
The Great Bend Alliance Church, located on Randolph Street, in Great Bend, PA will present a musical drama on Sunday, December 22, at 10:30 a.m. The cantata, The Road To Bethlehem, is about a little boy named Caleb, his mother, Esther and his father, Jonas as they travel to Bethlehem to pay their taxes to the Roman government. Come join and follow them on their journey to Bethlehem. There will be a continental breakfast at 9:45 a.m. For more information or directions to the Church, phone (570) 879-2741 or (570) 879-2758.
St. John the Evangelist Church, 101 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, announces the following Sunday Mass time change and Christmas/New Years schedule.
The time for the first Sunday Mass will change from 8:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Christmas Schedule: Penance Service Wednesday, December 18, 7 p.m.; Vigil Tuesday, December 24, 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25, 12:10 p.m.
New Years Schedule: Vigil Tuesday, December 31, 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; New Years Day Wednesday, January 1, 12:10 p.m.
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