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Geeky Catholic Advent: 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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Geeky Catholic Advent: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-28

Highlight: "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God."

Reflection: There are a lot of things to be afraid of today. There's fear of terrorism, fear of persecution, fear of losing our rights, fear of humiliation, and a whole host of other fears. But to a person who is right with God, those fears can be dispelled. God will take care of those who love Him. If we accept Jesus and live the way He tells us to live, then no physical threat will be able to keep us from eternal happiness in heaven.

Geeky Quote: "The Force is with me, and I fear nothing. For all is as the Force wills it." - Chirrut Imwe, Rogue One

Prayer: Lord, cast out all the fear in my life. I know that you will protect me. Amen.

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

Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:27-31

Highlight: "'Do you believe that I can do this?' 'Yes, Lord,' the said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, 'Let it be done for you according to your faith.'"

Reflection: God requires that we place our trust in him. If we rely only on ourselves and the things we can see, we will be disappointed. The more completely we trust in God, the more we will see Him working in our lives.

Geeky Quote: "I don't believe it!" "That is why you fail." - Luke and Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to let go of my fears and anxieties, so that I may trust completely in your providence. Amen.

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

Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Highlight: "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock."

Reflection: It's not enough to just listen to the Word of God. We have to act on it as well. Ask yourself, "What is something specific that I can do to act on God's Word today?"

Geeky Quote: "When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I build it all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. And that one sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up." - King of Swamp Castle, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Prayer: Lord, give me the wisdom to hear Your Word, and the courage to act upon it. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Wednesday of the First Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:29-37

Highlight: "[Jesus] took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied."

Reflection: Where do we turn for satisfaction? Money? Technology? The approval of our friends? None of those things are lasting. The fact that Jesus was able to multiply the loaves and the fish shows us that his power to satisfy us is greater than anything we can find in this life. Only in Him will we be satisfied. This doesn't mean we should reject all earthly things, but we have to make sure they aren't coming between us and God.

Geeky Quote: "Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again!" - Scar, The Lion King [NOTE: In this example Scar represents earthly things, and is in no way a Christ figure!]

Prayer: Jesus, only you can satisfy me. Remove from my soul all unhealthy attachments to earthly things, and prepare me to enter into fu…

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

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:21-24

Highlight: "Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike."

Reflection: It is no bad thing to want to learn more about our faith. But we must be wary of the temptation to think too highly of ourselves because of all the knowledge we have attained - to believe that we will be saved because of our vast knowledge of spiritual things. In order to grow spiritually, we must humbly ask God to help us.

Geeky Quote: "Teach me!" - Stephen Strange, Doctor Strange

Prayer: Holy Spirit, let me seek a deeper relationship with God, not through my own power, but with Your help. Amen.

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

Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:5-11

Highlight: "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed."

Reflection: We do not deserve salvation, and there is nothing we can do to earn it. But God loves us so much that he saves us anyway. We must open ourselves to that grace, and allow Jesus to work in our lives.

Geeky Quote: "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." - Princess Leia, Star Wars: A New Hope

Prayer: Jesus, help me to see the power of Your mercy. Please heal the brokenness in my life, so that I can one day be with You forever. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: First Sunday of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Highlight: "Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day [the Second Coming and the General Judgment] catch you by surprise like a trap."

Reflection: It is easy to be distracted from our spiritual lives - not just from literal carousing and drunkenness, but from all the passing things of this world. We must always remember that we are destined for eternity, and that we will be called to account for all our actions (and failures to act) in this life.

Geeky Quote: "Constant vigilance!" - Mad-Eye Moody, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Prayer: Jesus, I ask you to give me the grace to remember You in everything I do. Keep me from sin, so that Your coming will not catch me by surprise. Amen.

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