R. (11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice! Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Sing to the LORD; bless his name.

Rejoice always in the Lord, again I say rejoice.  Congrats to Sarah and Keith, Sydney and Kyle; both couples will receive the sacrament of Matrimony today.  Two shall become one.  Keith is our nephew and has dated Sarah for many years now; matter of fact, I think they are the only ones either one has ever dated.  (My wife will correct me if I’m wrong).  Sydney is the daughter of dear friends of ours – Amy and Chris Cornett.  We met them back in 2002 when we moved back to St. Louis.  We had both of our families enrolled at Gateway Academy and their Sydney and our Mary were in class together.  Sarah and I love each family dearly, so for the first time since the Reagan administration, we will not be a couple attending a wedding.  Sarah will be at her nephew Keith’s wedding and I will attend Sydney’s wedding.  What are the chances that two couples would decide to wed on the 29th of December; one starting at 10:30 AM and the other at 11 AM?  As far as St. Louisans are concerned, they are on opposite sides of the earth from each other.  Sarah and Keith will be wed at St. Francis DeSales in the city; Sydney and Kyle at Immaculate Heart of Mary in New Melle, MO.  Please keep these young couples in your prayers this morning.

It’s been nice to have a week away from “the job” this week.  I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve spent with my family and especially my daughter Cecilia and her husband Garrett who are home from LA for the holidays.  I hope all of you have had an equally blessed holiday.  As we wind down 2018 and begin a new year, maybe the next couple of days will be about goals, prayers and building upon our time with God next year.  Take some time today to think about Simeon’s prophecy to Mary this morning…

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce)
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Do something great for our Lord today – start planning out your goal(s) for the new year.  What one thing can you do to make your spiritual life stronger than what it is now?

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

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