The Lord bless you and keep you…

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas all the way until the very end of this glorious Christmas Season on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 13 this year. I hope you have enjoyed the Octave of Christmas and the beginning of 2013. I did.
As I enjoyed my first Mass of 2013 and prayed for the work of ministry to be done in the weeks and months and years ahead, I realized that we are now 20 years away from Great Jubilee or Holy Year 2033 when we will celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord. Never too soon to begin preparations!
For now, I pray for you in the words of today’s First Reading, the words with which we begin each year in the Catholic Church, the words of Moses and Aaron, the words taken up by St. Francis of Assisi and his followers, the words of prayerful blessing with which I close all my television shows. With these words, I pray that God blesses you abundantly in every area of your life. Please pray the same for me. Thank you!
The Octave Day of Christmas Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Reading 1 Nm 6:22-27
The LORD said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

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