One Minute Reflection – 5 January – Christmas Saturday, today’s Gospel John 1:35–42
and the Memorial of St John Nepomucene Neumann CSsR (1811-1860)
& St Charles of Mount Argus C.P. (1821-1893)
He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said,
“So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter)...John 1:42
REFLECTION – “Everyone who breathes, high and low,
educated and ignorant, young and old,
man and woman, has a mission, has a work.
We are not sent into this world for nothing;
we are not born at random;
we are not here, that we may go to bed at night
and get up in the morning, toil for our bread,
eat and drink, laugh and joke,
sin when we have a mind
and reform when we are tired of sinning,
rear a family and die.
God sees every one of us,
He creates every soul . . .
FOR A PURPOSE.
He needs, He deigns to need, every one of us.
He has an end for each of us.
We are all equal in His sight and we are placed
in our different ranks and stations,
not to get what we can out of them for ourselves
but to labour in them for Him.
As Christ has His work, we too have ours –
as He rejoiced to do His work,
we must rejoice in ours also.”
St John Neumann (1811-1860)
PRAYER – God, our Father, since through the human birth of Your only Son, You began in us the work of redemption, keep us firm in faith and with Christ as the Shepherd of our souls, bring us to the glory You have promised. Through time, You send us holy men and women, who bring us new light to help us along the sometimes very dark ways of our path, grant that by the prayers of St John Neumann and St Charles of Mount Argus, Your beacons of holiness, we may be guided and assisted to carry our side of the yoke with our Lord and Saviour. We make our prayer through the Child of Bethlehem and the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.