WALKING THE SACRED JOURNEY THIS WEEK – January 8, 2018
The Rosary In Our Day
Lord of our longing, we speak of your coming, born into time, of a woman in the flesh: a time of violence and oppression, of confusion and despair, a time of antiquity. And we speak of your coming again, clothed in glory, crowned a king at the end of days, in some unknown future. But we are children of the light. And even in this season of prayer and waiting, we know of a third coming. Of you born anew each day into the human heart, not in some epoch of the past or prophecy of the future. But in the here and now even as we call out to you. In cries and whispers, in song and tears, we speak your name and you are near: the embodiment of God’s love and mercy, born into the cradle within us, growing in us and walking among us, even in the darkest places.
Come, Lord Jesus. Be born anew in us today and every day.
Our sacred journey during the Christmas Season is a reflection on the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. You are invited to pray the meditations privately, with your local community, or with other people of faith. In your prayer, accompany Mary and Joseph as they learn that Mary will bring the Son of God into the world. Journey with them through Christ’s birth and his childhood. The experience of the Holy Family is reflected in the stories of refugees who, like the Holy Family, live in the Middle East. These reflections and personal accounts are excerpted from Catholic Relief Services bulletins.
Please offer your Rosary for the safety of refugee families around the world and for an end to the conflict and conditions that force people to flee their homes.
In The Word
For the Fifth Joyful Mystery, read aloud the text from Luke 2: 41-50
In Our Contemplation – Pray for the Fruit of the Spirit – Obedience
What Mary and Joseph experienced when they couldn’t find their son for three days is known all too well by refugee families around the world who are separated from one another.
The Holy Family In Today’s World
When a bomb destroyed their home just a few months ago, the Basheer family fled Syria. They had been hearing explosions and gunfire nearly every day. Khaled, the father, recounts how frightened they were by the stories of how cruelly innocent people were killed and women and young girls raped. They lived in fear of an attack by ISIS. He and his wife and three children survived. They lived in a tent outside Aleppo after their home was bombed. “Can you really say we were lucky”, he asks.
In Our Prayer
We pray for all refugee children, especially those separated from their parents or who have died on their journeys to safety.
In Our Action
Please respond to the alerts you receive during the week. Plan to attend the conference on poverty that is described below
Together We Can End
Poverty and Hunger
An Interfaith, Multicultural
Celebration and Choir Concert
Marking the 50th Anniversary of
Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign
And the 2018 New Poor People’s Campaign
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14th 2018,
Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center
74 Hauppauge Road, Commack
Featuring Speakers: Cong. Thomas Suozzi and Tracey Edwards, Long Island Regional Director of the NAACP
Five Performing Choirs
Admission: No charge. Please bring a nutritious canned or boxed food donation for LI Cares
Sponsored by Long Island Abraham’s Table
Center for Social and Human Understanding, Suffolk County Community College; Dix Hills Jewish Center Social Action Committee; Islamic Center of Long Island; Long Island Council of Churches;
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal RC Church, Wyandanch;
Suffolk Board of Rabbis; Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center; Turkish Cultural