December 18: Esther
Traditional Ornament: Scepter or Crown
Reading: Esther 4
“Who knows – perhaps it was for a time like this that you became Queen?” (Esther 4:14)
The setting for Esther’s story involves a king (Ahasuerus) who was weak and controlled by one of his high-ranking officials (Haman), a Jew named Mordecai, who was foster father to the young and beautiful Esther who had been chosen to be queen. Because Mordecai refused to bow and honor him, Haman persuades the king to issue a decree that basically calls for the death of all Jews.
In today’s reading, Esther realizes that she is in a position to help, but she must risk her own life in order to save the lives of many. Mordecai’s reply to her that, “Who knows – perhaps it was for a time like this that you became queen?” (Esther 4:14) are words that have relevance for each of us. The words are especially relevant to lawmakers and public officials who make decisions on matters that have far-reaching effects such as the right to life and marriage. The words also have relevance for each of us, regardless of whether we are in a position of authority or not. We have to ask ourselves -what is God asking of me today, in my position, to advance His Kingdom and will I have the courage and trust in God to respond as Esther did saying, “If I perish, I perish?” (Esther 4”16)
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Some of the buildings from the historical centre in Lima (Peru).
The historical centre in Lima was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988 for its high concentration of historic buildings and monuments constructed in the time of the Spanish presence.
In the second picture you can see the intricate detailing in one of the domes of the cathedral. Much of SA is devoutly catholic and so beautiful churches and cathedrals like this exist all over the place. However, this one was different as it was the only religious building I’ve been in that has allowed me to take pictures.
-- Evangelio de hoy
Lectura del santo evangelio según san Mateo (1,18-24): LA generación de Jesucristo fue de esta manera:
María, su madre, estaba desposada con José y, antes de vivir juntos, resultó que ella esperaba un hijo por obra del Espíritu Santo.
José, su esposo, como era justo y no quería difamarla, decidió repudiarla en privado. Pero, apenas había tomado esta resolución, se le apareció en sueños un ángel del Señor que le dijo:
«José, hijo de David, no temas acoger a María, tu mujer, porque la criatura que hay en ella viene del Espíritu Santo. Dará a luz un hijo y tú le pondrás por nombre Jesús, porque él salvará a su pueblo de los pecados».
Todo esto sucedió para que se cumpliese lo que habla dicho el Señor por medio del profeta:
«Mirad: la virgen concebirá y dará a luz un hijo
y le pondrán por nombre Emmanuel,
que significa “Dios-con-nosotros”».
Cuando José se despertó, hizo lo que le había mandado el ángel del Señor y acogió a su mujer.
Palabra del Señor