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December 13, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


He came to testify to the Light

JN 1:6-8, 19-28

A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.

And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, “Who are you?” He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Christ.” So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?” He said:
"I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
'make straight the way of the Lord,'"

as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


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St. Lucy (Feast Day December 13)

283 – 304

We do not know much about the life of St. Lucy as it has been lost to history. We know that from the earliest time of the Church, her name has been held in high regard. She, like St. Cecilia, dedicated her entire life to God from an early age. She lived during a time of great persecution and was eventually killed for her faith. We know that she was tortured during her execution by having her eyes plucked out. When she is depicted in art, she is always shown holding her eyes on a platter as a sign of what she suffered for Christ. Martyrs are often depicted showing some aspect of the death they endured as a reminder to us that what was painful in this life, when endured for love of Jesus, is transformed into victory and God’s glory in heaven.


Take time to chat

  • What does it mean for John the Baptist to "testify to the light"?
  • Do you think it was hard for John to admit that he wasn't as important as Jesus?
  • What is different at Mass during Advent?


Recipe of the week

St. Lucy Soup

This is a traditional soup made on St. Lucy’s feast day.

½ cup rice, uncooked
8 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter
¼ cup onion, minced
1 cup fully-cooked ham, chopped
½ cup flour

Boil the rice in salted water until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain the rice-flavored water into a large bowl. Mince the onions and chop the ham into tiny pieces. In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat.

Sauté the onions and ham until shiny. Mix in the flour until smooth. Pour in the rice-flavored water and simmer to thicken. Stir and ladle into soup bowls. Garnish with parsley flakes (optional). Serve hot with bread or crackers.


Family Fun

Ornament Quiz

By now your Christmas tree is probably up. Count how many ornaments are on your tree. When did you get each ornament? What does it remind you of? Do any ornaments have a special story behind them? What is your favorite ornament? Bonus question: If you were an ornament, which one would you be? Why?


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

In preparation for the coming of Christ, recite the promises you or your parents made for you at your baptism. It is good for dad (or mom) to ask the questions and for each child to respond individually. Responses are in bold. Parents can ask each other these questions as well.

Do you reject Satan? I do.

And all his works? I do.

And all his empty promises? I do.

Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? I do.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? I do.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? I do.

God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The third Sunday of Advent has a special name that starts with the letter “G.” Your priest or deacon will most likely use this special name at some point during Mass. See if you can be the first one to hear it!

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“We give the Lord the best of our effort, but it is he who will bring the increase.” (3.4 Good and Bad Habits)

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Fun Facts!

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One of the ancient customs of the Church is praying the “O Antiphons” in anticipation of Christmas. These are different prophecies from the Old Testament ascribing titles to the coming Messiah. Each one is prayed daily (at Mass and during the Liturgy of the Hours) from December 17-24. This is also remembered in the verses of the popular hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel."