Monthly Prayer Topic

Sacrifice

The birth of Christ Jesus is seen as one of the most profound events in world history. Paul says in II Corinthians, Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (II Cor. 9:15) The Christmas story abounds with the willing sacrifices made by Mary and Joseph when they learned of their task to shepherd the Christ child as he grew to manhood to fulfill his own God-given mission. They each yielded up the expectations taught them by society and the future they had envisioned, to accept the responsibility of loving this child. As we contemplate the meaning of Jesus’s birth, let us look at our own lives with an eye to discern what we, too, can yield up, to receive God’s unspeakable gift of love. During December, sacrifice is the Reading Room’s theme for our prayer