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Geeky Catholic Advent: Saturday of the Second Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:9A, 10-13

Highlight: "They did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased."

Reflection: Not everyone recognized John the Baptist as a prophet of God. This was because they were focused on keeping their power, and were not open to John's message. What things in our life keep us from recognizing God's message to us? Are we so attached to material things - food, money, comfort, and pleasure - that we fail to see opportunities to grow closer to Jesus?

Geeky Quote: "All that is gold does not glitter, / Not all those who wander are lost; / The old that is strong does not wither, ; Deep roots are not reached by the frost. ; From the ashes a fire shall be woken, ; A light from the shadows shall spring; / Renewed shall be blade that was broken, / The crownless again shall be king." - Strider, The Fellowship of the Ring

Prayer: Jesus, open my eyes to see the truth. Give me the strength to turn away from my sins and avoid temptation.…

Geeky Catholic Advent: Friday of the Second Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19

Highlight: "Wisdom is vindicated by her works."

Reflection: It can be very difficult to be a Christian today. It seems that at best, we are called old fashioned and irrelevant, and at worst we are called intolerant bigots. The truth is twisted around so much that it's hard to know the difference between right wrong. But Jesus assures us that those who remain in the truth will triumph in the end - if not in this life, then in the next.

Geeky Quote: "Compromise when you can. Where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move. It is your duty, to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say, 'No... you move.'" - Sharon Carter, Captain America: Civil War

Prayer: Lord, help me to hold onto your teachings no matter what. Give me the courage to do what is right, no matter what anyone else says or thinks about me. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Thursday of the Second Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 11: 11-15

Highlight: "There has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he."

Reflection: We are destined for greatness. The glory of heaven and communion with Jesus is more amazing than we can possibly comprehend. Whenever we think that we couldn't possibly measure up to the holiness attained by the saints, we should remember that Jesus calls all of us to greatness in His Kingdom.

Geeky Quote: "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." - Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

Prayer: God, I know you have great plans for me. Help me to strive for the highest levels of holiness, instead of settling for the bare minimum. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-47

Highlight: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

Reflection: We do our best to plan out everything in our lives. We try to anticipate every outcome, and prepare for it. But there are two problems with this: 1) we can't anticipate everything, and 2) we have to accept that God's plans might be different than our plans. So we should always ask God what his will is for us, and try to live that out.

Geeky Quote: "Mesa your humble servant." - Jar Jar Binks, The Phantom Menace
Prayer: God, what is Your will for me? Am I living the life You want for me? Show me Your will, and help me to conform my will to Yours. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:12-14

Highlight: "It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost."

Reflection: How wonderful it is that you have a God who - if you stray - will abandon the ninety-nine to come get you. That's how important you are to Him. That's how powerful His love is for you.

Geeky Quote: "What is, and always will be, my greatest creation... is you." - Howard Stark, Iron Man 2

Prayer: Your love for me is amazing, Lord. It's not just that you want the salvation of humanity in general, but you want me, specifically, to share an eternity of happiness with you. Help me to accept and respond to that love. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Monday of the Second Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-26

Highlight: "He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God."

Reflection: It can be easy to turn to God when we need something, or to be angry with Him when tragedy strikes. But how often do we give Him glory for all the wonderful things He has done in our lives?

Geeky Quote: "Did you see that? DID YOU SEE THAT!?!?" - Finn, The Force Awakens

Prayer: God, thank you for this amazing universe you have for created, and thank you for all the blessings you have given me. Glory to you! Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: The Second Sunday of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 3:1-6

Highlight: "John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins."

Reflection: John had a message for the world, and he did everything in his power to share it with as many people as possible. He was preparing them for the coming of Christ. Now that Christ has come, we have good news: we can receive salvation and the forgiveness of our sins. Do we really believe that? If so, what are we doing to share that message with others?

Geeky Quote: "Pass on what you have learned." - Yoda, Return of the Jedi

Prayer: Jesus, help me to share your Gospel with everyone I meet. Amen.

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