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December 6, 2018

Memorial of St. Nicholas

A strong city have we; God sets up its walls and ramparts to protect us. We are a nation of firm purpose living in firm purpose and justice, keeping the faith (Is 26:1-6). We build our house on rock, not on sand, “for the Lord is an eternal rock.” We do not simply pray “Lord, Lord” but we do the Father’s will (Mt 7:21, 24-27). We celebrate today the memorial of St. Nicholas, known for his charity and compassion for children and young adults and the poor. He is also the patron of fishermen and was the bishop of Myra and Bari, Italy. Orthodox and Catholic people have lived there for centuries in peace.

We come to the Eucharist today for nourishment, strength, and deeper love for Jesus Christ who shares his life, death, and resurrection with us. And through the paschal mystery, we deepen our life in Christ. We are thus growing as the body of Christ and the city of God.

St. Peter Julian Eymard shared St. Nicholas’ love for children and the poor. He evangelized young adults and prepared them for first communion and reconciliation in the church. He sought the growth and strength of the eucharistic kingdom of God and the Father’s will.

How can we follow the examples of St. Eymard and St. Nicholas today?

Let Us Pray:

Lord Jesus, help us to build our city and house on the Eternal Rock by prayer and action. May the Eucharistic Kingdom of God come and may we share this mission today

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Ernest Falardeau, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Ernest Falardeau has dedicated his life and ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. He served for many years as the Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now resides at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.