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St. Francis Xavier

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122:1-9
Matthew 8:5-11

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"Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain." —Isaiah 2:3

Isaiah prophesied that God's people will be mountain climb­­ers who will scale the mountain of war and attain peace. "One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again" (Is 2:4). In choosing this reading, the Church is encouraging us to make this Advent, Christmas season, and new year a time of unprecedented peace.

In today's Gospel, we are presented with a totally different picture. We see a boy "at home in bed paralyzed, suffering painfully" (Mt 8:6) — in no condition to climb mountains.

Which one will we be this new year: the mountain climber or the paralyzed? Even if we are paralyzed now in any way, by faith we can be healed for mountain climbing. By that same faith, we can climb even a mighty mountain.

In fact, many of us face a range of mountains. Some of these mountains must be moved rather than climbed (see Mt 17:20). Yet the same faith by which we accepted God's healing will empower us to climb, and even move, mountain after mountain. Isaiah prophesied of our new year: "Every mountain and hill shall be leveled. The windings shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth, and all mankind shall see the salvation of God" (Lk 3:5-6; Is 40:3ff).

Prayer:  Father, may I let You make the new year the best year of my life and conclude it with worldwide peace.

Promise:  "They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks." —Is 2:4

Praise:  St. Francis Xavier traveled to the end of the earth to spread the good news. A priest in southern India credits his town's Catholic heritage to St. Francis' missionary trip to his village.

Reference:  (Is your family ready for Christmas? Order, view, or download our leaflet Healing the Family Tree on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 16, 2018

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