I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.
This prayer comes from Nigeria:
God in heaven, you have helped my life to grow like a tree. Now something has happened. Satan, like a bird, has carried in one twig of his own choosing after another. Before I knew it he had built a dwelling place and was living in it. Today, my Father, I am throwing out both the bird and the nest.*
In today’s gospel reading, we hear the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes begin the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus teaches his disciples, the crowds, and us what it means to be a citizen in the Kingdom of God—what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
“Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” The magi knew what they saw—they knew the star meant that the Messiah had been born, but they needed the Word of God in scripture to help them find the place.
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