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Jesus the Bodyguard

Dear Jesus, You are my Bodyguard! You protect me from evil wolves and lions! I fear no Evil even when walking through valley of the Shadow of Death. Your staff…

Mother of the most merciful Jesus

My Perpetual Help, Mother of the most merciful Jesus, my sins and disobedience must cause you each to weep like Jesus wept over the pitiable city of Jerusalem. Lord, I…

Jesus fasted for forty days and nights

Gospel Mt 4:1-11

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus fasted for forty days

Jesus fasted for forty days

Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came and said to him,‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.’

But he replied, ‘Scripture says:

Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Then devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God, ‘ he said, ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says:He will put you in his angels’ charge, and they will support you on their hands in case you hurt foot against a stone.’

Jesus said to him, ‘Scripture also says:

You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed hill all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. ‘I will give you all these’,  he said ‘if you fall at my feet and worship me.’

Then Jesus replied, ‘Be off, Satan|  For scripture says:

You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.

Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.

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The 12 Tribes of Israel

The 12 Tribes of Israel are also called the 12 sons of Israel (12 sons of Jacob).

Bible says in Genesis 32:28:
Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL

No Sons of Jacob Meaning of Name Mother
1 Reuben See, a son Leah
2 Simeon Hearing Leah
3 Levi Joined; attached Leah
4 Judah Yah be praised Leah
5 Dan Judge Bilhah(Rachel’s servant)
6 Naphtali My wrestling Bilhah(Rachel’s servant)
7 Gad Troop; invader;good fortune Zilpah(Leah’s servant)
8 Asher Happy Zilpah(Leah’s servant)
9 Issachar Man of hire Leah
10 Zebulun Dwelling Leah
11 Joseph Increaser Rachel
12 Benjamin Son of the right hand Rachel
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Abraham’s Family Tree

Abraham’s Family Tree

Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac begot Jacob.The 12 sons of Jacob are the patriarchs of the 12 Tribes of Israel and a daughter Dinah.

Abraham's Family Tree

Abraham’s Family Tree

 

 

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The Birth of St.John the Baptist

 

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When Elizabeth’s time came she delivered a boy and they called him John, as the angel had directed.

John’s father had been struck dumb by the angel Gabriel because he had doubted the message regarding the birth of John. Once John was born his tongue was loosed and he blessed God and filled with the Holy Spirit he prophesied.

Zacharias said, Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; For he has come back to redeem his people. And he has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.

And this child will be called a prophet of the Most High; he will go before the face of the Lord and make ready his ways, to give the knowledge of salvation to his people, to shine upon those that sit in darkness.

John grew up and became strong in spirit. He was in the desert places until the day his ministry began. And then he began to declare that the Messiah was coming.

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Mary Visits Elizabeth

Mary Visits Elizabeth

A week or so later Mary went hurriedly into the hill country, into a city in Judah. She went into the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby inside her leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She lifted up her voice with a loud cry and said, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why am I so honored that the mother of my Lord should visit me?

Mary then began to magnify the Lord and to rejoice in God her Savior.

Mary stayed with her cousin Elizabeth for about 3 months.

 

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Announcement to Mary

Announcement to Mary

When Elizabeth was six months pregnant with John the Baptist, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a place called Nazareth, a city in Galilee. Gabriel visited a virgin who was engaged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph. The virgin’s name was Mary.

Gabriel came to Mary and said, You are highly favored, the Lord is with you. But Mary was greatly troubled by this greeting, and wondered what it meant. The angel told her not to fear and again repeated that she had found favor with God.

Then Gabriel told Mary that she would conceive a son and that she was to call his name JESUS. Gabriel continued. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Mary asked the angel, How shall this be, seeing I have never had a physical relationship with a man? The angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, and the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God.

And take notice, Elizabeth your cousin, has also conceived a son in her old age and is six months pregnant.

For no word from God shall be without power. Then Mary said, Behold, the handmaid

of the Lord; let it happen to me according to your word. Then the angel left.

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The Birth of Jesus

Birth Of Jesus

Birth Of Jesus

Now it was during this time that a decree was sent out from the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus that there should be a census for the entire world. Everyone was told to return to his own city. Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth to the city of David which is called Bethlehem because he was from the family of David.

Mary was ready to give birth and while they were in Bethlehem the day of Jesus’ birth arrived. Mary delivered her first-born son and wrapped the baby Jesus up in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Announcement to Joseph

Announcement to Joseph Now the birth of Jesus Christ came about in this way. When his mother Mary who was engaged to Joseph, before their marriage was consummated by having physical relations, Mary was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being the kind of man who would not stain his family name, but also not wanting to put Mary to shame in public, had decided to divorce her as quietly as he could. While Joseph was thinking about the best way to do this he was visited by an angel of the Lord in a dream.

This is what the angel told Joseph.

Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. Mary will have a son and you will call his name JESUS. The one we have been waiting for to save his people from their sins.

This is all coming about so that the word that the Lord has spoken through the prophet (Isaiah) who said, Behold, a virgin shall be with child and she will have a son and they will call him Immanuel, which means, God with us.

Joseph woke up from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him. He took Mary as his wife but he had no physical relations with her until after Jesus was born.

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