Dec. 13 – Second Week – Saturday

christmas+lights01Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Lucy.

“Saint Lucy, you did not hide your light under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world, for all the centuries to see. We may not suffer torture in our lives the way you did, but we are still called to let the light of our Christianity illumine our daily lives. Please help us to have the courage to bring our Christianity into our work, our recreation, our relationships, our conversation — every corner of our day. Amen.”

Today, take some time and learn why we put lights on the Christmas tree. We will give you a hint, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’” — John 8:12 NRSV

You may also want to go and see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train tonight or tomorrow. The Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars. They are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs. The train offers free concerts and seasonal festivities from a boxcar that is a traveling stage. It will make stops in our diocese in Eden Valley on Saturday and Glenwood and Alexandria on Sunday in its effort to fundraise for food banks in Canada and the U.S.  The St. Cloud Times also had an article about the Holiday Train.

Gospel for the Day: Matthew 17:9a, 10-13