Daily Prayer and Reading 12/19

Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen


Daily Prayer & Reading for December 19, 2022

Thank you, Father, for the blessing of companionship; whether we be comforted by loved ones, friends, or pets. Help us to remember that their presence is a gift. I don’t want to take their presence for granted. Amen.

Audio of daily prayer read by Fr. Uribe OMI

Luke 1: 5-25

In the days of Herod, King of Judea,
there was a priest named Zechariah
of the priestly division of Abijah;
his wife was from the daughters of Aaron,
and her name was Elizabeth.
Both were righteous in the eyes of God,
observing all the commandments
and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren
and both were advanced in years.
Once when he was serving as priest
in his division’s turn before God,
according to the practice of the priestly service,
he was chosen by lot
to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense.
Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside
at the hour of the incense offering,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him,
standing at the right of the altar of incense.
Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah,
because your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you shall name him John.
And you will have joy and gladness,
and many will rejoice at his birth,
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.
He will drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb,
and he will turn many of the children of Israel
to the Lord their God.
He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah
to turn the hearts of fathers toward children
and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous,
to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”
Then Zechariah said to the angel,
“How shall I know this?
For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”
And the angel said to him in reply,
“I am Gabriel, who stand before God.
I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news.
But now you will be speechless and unable to talk
until the day these things take place,
because you did not believe my words,
which will be fulfilled at their proper time.”
Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah
and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary.
But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them,
and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary.
He was gesturing to them but remained mute.
Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home.
After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived,
and she went into seclusion for five months, saying,
“So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit
to take away my disgrace before others.”


19 de Diciembre

Gracias, Padre, por la bendición de la compañía; ya sea que nos reconforten los seres queridos, los amigos o las mascotas. Ayúdanos a recordar que su presencia es un regalo. No des por sentada su presencia. Amén.

Audio de la oración diaira leída por el p. Uribe, OMI 

Lc 1, 5-25
Hubo en tiempo de Herodes, rey de Judea, un sacerdote llamado Zacarías, del grupo de Abías, casado con una descendiente de Aarón, llamada Isabel. Ambos eran justos a los ojos de Dios, pues vivían irreprochablemente, cumpliendo los mandamientos y disposiciones del Señor. Pero no tenían hijos, porque Isabel era estéril y los dos, de avanzada edad.
Un día en que le correspondía a su grupo desempeñar ante Dios los oficios sacerdotales, le tocó a Zacarías, según la costumbre de los sacerdotes, entrar al santuario del Señor para ofrecer el incienso, mientras todo el pueblo estaba afuera, en oración, a la hora de la incensación.
Se le apareció entonces un ángel del Señor, de pie, a la derecha del altar del incienso. Al verlo, Zacarías se sobresaltó y un gran temor se apoderó de él. Pero el ángel le dijo: “No temas, Zacarías, porque tu súplica ha sido escuchada. Isabel, tu mujer, te dará un hijo, a quien le pondrás el nombre de Juan. Tú te llenarás de alegría y regocijo, y otros muchos se alegrarán también de su nacimiento, pues él será grande a los ojos del Señor; no beberá vino ni licor y estará lleno del Espíritu Santo, ya desde el seno de su madre. Convertirá a muchos israelitas al Señor; irá delante del Señor con el espíritu y el poder de Elías, para convertir los corazones de los padres hacia sus hijos, dar a los rebeldes la cordura de los justos y prepararle así al Señor un pueblo dispuesto a recibirlo”.
Pero Zacarías replicó: “¿Cómo podré estar seguro de esto? Porque yo ya soy viejo y mi mujer también es de edad avanzada”. El ángel le contestó: “Yo soy Gabriel, el que asiste delante de Dios. He sido enviado para hablar contigo y darte esta buena noticia. Ahora tú quedarás mudo y no podrás hablar hasta el día en que todo esto suceda, por no haber creído en mis palabras, que se cumplirán a su debido tiempo”.
Mientras tanto, el pueblo estaba aguardando a Zacarías y se extrañaba de que tardara tanto en el santuario. Al salir no pudo hablar y en esto conocieron que había tenido una visión en el santuario. Entonces trató de hacerse entender por señas y permaneció mudo.
Al terminar los días de su ministerio, volvió a su casa. Poco después concibió Isabel, su mujer, y durante cinco meses no se dejó ver, pues decía: “Esto es obra del Señor. Por fin se dignó quitar el oprobio que pesaba sobre mí”.


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One of these Oblates is Fr. Joshua Nash, OMI who was ordained in July. In 2016, Bro. Joshua Nash made his First Vows as a Missionary Oblate after completing his novitiate year at the Oblate Novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois.

“At the novitiate I was the only novice from Australia,” said Fr. Nash. “I was truly blessed to have my fellow Oblate brothers to live with and discern my calling during that very special year.” Father Joshua was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia. He and his family attended the Oblates’ St. David Parish throughout his childhood. After high school he studied law and international studies while also working as a youth ministry coordinator for the diocese. He spent time with the United Nations in South Africa working with refugees. As an Oblate seminarian, one of Fr. Joshua’s most memorable experiences was spending three months in Lourdes, France, helping young people to engage more with their faith. Father Joshua was ordained at St. David’s Parish and his first assignment is as the Assistant Pastor at his childhood church. He said the appointment will enable him to learn and grow in the sacraments and to develop his pastoral and parochial ministry as a priest.

“I hope later that I may be able to move into more missionary work, perhaps development of new ministries that don’t exist yet in the Church, enabling the Church to reach out to those who are most excluded and abandoned by both the Church and our society,” said Fr. Nash in a recent interview with The Southern Cross.

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