Monday Morning Alka-Seltzer - January 2014

January 27

Don’t allow yourself to be overcome by the Big Picture. “One day at a time” is healthy for both your psyche and your soul. (Besides, it works!)

Remember that life by the yard is hard but life by the inch is a cinch.

January 13


“Father, may everything we do begin with your inspiration

and continue with your saving help.

Let our work always find its origin in you

and through you reach completion.

We ask you this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever. Amen

January 6

On December 25th we celebrated the birth of the Jewish Messiah, the one born in fulfillment of what the Jewish prophets had proclaimed to be God’s Promised One. Born of the Virgin and born into David’s lineage, Jesus fulfilled all that was promised about the Messiah throughout the many previous centuries ..

But that perspective was too narrow. God went way beyond the hoped for vision of the Jewish prophets and sent His Son to bring light into the souls of men and women all over the world, to Gentiles as well as to Jews. Matthew, who directed his gospel to the Jews, gave them a much broader vision, one that brought enlightenment, hope and vision to everyone everywhere.

Thus we find mystics from other parts of the world coming to Bethlehem to see something new, something fresh, something offering hope and redemption to everyone everywhere. These mystics, astrologers, seers, these “magi” or “wise men,” came not only to worship and adore, offering Him their homage and gifts, they came as well to learn and see new things, and take their message of hope out into the whole world, the broader world from whence they came.