Posted by: frburke23 | December 15, 2016

Thought for Friday, 3rd Week in Advent

Thought for Friday, 3rd Week in Advent
JOHN 5:33-36
Jesus said to the Jews:
“You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept testimony from a human being,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
John was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.
The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.”
Many people followed John the Baptist because he was a “burning and shining lamp.” They were “content to rejoice in his light.” John was a great forerunner to Christ, but he was not worthy to untie the Lord’s sandals. Jesus came to testify to the love and power of the Father. John’s light was dim compared to the light of Christ.
At least John’s light was shining on Jesus, the Lamb of God. So many lights of this world shine on themselves or on things that are not of God. For example, we follow the bright lights of sports. Sports are not bad, but they should not take the place of God in our lives. We also follow the bright lights of money, fame, power and pleasure. Some of these lights draw billions of dollars from our pockets. We hope that they bring us happiness and peace. I just read that over $3,000 is spent every second on pornography. People are looking for God in all the wrong places.
In most societies we see what is most important by the size of the buildings. For examples, the churches used to hold a prominent place in town squares and were often the biggest building in town. Now our skyscrapers and sporting venues dominate our skylines. These are bright lights that distract us from the true light of Christ.
This is so evident during this Advent season as shoppers flock to the stores to chase after the bright lights of sales and bargains. Again, most of these things are not inherently evil, but anything that we place before God is an idol.
Where do I spend my time?
Where do I spend my energy?
Where do I spend my money?
The answer to these questions will lead us to our god. Which light am I following?
Today, Friday, is day 6 of our novena (9 days) for my Dad and all those who are suffering from cancer. I have good news to share. The doctors told us that my Dad’s cancer is operable and looks to be treatable. He has to gain strength and then they hope to do surgery in the next few weeks to remove the cancer. Then they will determine if he needs chemotherapy. The prognosis is good. Let’s keep praying for his healing and the healing of all those with cancer.
St. Peregrine, whom Holy Mother Church has declared Patron of those suffering from Cancer, I confidently turn to you for help in Tod Masters’ present sickness. I beg your kind intercession. Ask God to relieve him of this sickness, if it be his Holy Will. Plead with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Sorrows, whom you loved so tenderly and in union with whom you have suffered the pains of Cancer, that she may help Tod Masters with her powerful prayers and loving consolation.
But if it should be God’s Holy Will that he bears this sickness, obtain for him the courage and strength to accept these trials from the loving hand of God with patience and resignation, because Our Lord knows what is best for the salvation of Tod Masters’ soul. St. Peregrine, be our friend and patron. Help us to imitate you in accepting suffering, and to unite ourselves with Jesus Crucified and the Mother of Sorrows, as you did. I offer my pains to God with all the love of my heart, for his glory and the salvation of souls, especially the soul of Tod Masters. We pray this prayer in the precious and holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
Spanish translation:
Hoy, el viernes, es el día 6 de nuestra novena (9 días) para mi Papá y todos aquellos que sufren de cáncer. Tengo buenas noticias. Los doctores nos dijeron que el cáncer de mi Papa es operable y tratable. Tiene que recuperar sus fuerzas y luego quieren hacer la cirugía para remover el cáncer. Después van a ver si necesita quimioterapia. Sigamos orando por su sanación y la sanación de todos con cáncer.
San Peregrino, a quien la Santa Madre Iglesia ha declarado Patrón de los que sufren de Cáncer, con confianza me dirijo a ti para ayudar en la enfermedad actual de Tod Masters. Ruego por tu amable intercesión. Pide a Dios que lo libere de esta enfermedad, si es su Santa Voluntad. Pide a la Santísima Virgen María, la Madre de los Dolores, a quien amaste tan tiernamente y en unión con quien has sufrido los dolores de Cáncer, para que ayude a Tod Masters con sus poderosas oraciones y consuelo amoroso.
Pero si es la Santa Voluntad de Dios que él lleve esta enfermedad, obtén para él la valentía y la fuerza para aceptar estas pruebas de la mano amorosa de Dios con paciencia y resignación, porque Nuestro Señor sabe lo que es mejor para la salvación del alma de Tod Masters. San Peregrino, se nuestro amigo y patrón. Ayúdanos a imitarte en aceptar el sufrimiento y a unirnos a Jesús Crucificado y a la Madre de los Dolores, como lo hiciste tú. Le ofrezco mis dolores a Dios con todo el amor de mi corazón, por su gloria y la salvación de las almas, especialmente el alma de Tod Masters. Oramos esta oración en el precioso y santo nombre de Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.


  1. So glad to hear about a positive treatment for your dad. Cancer is so scary. I lost both of my parents with it. My mom was 43 and I was 18, and an only child, was she went to heaven.

    Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

    We think about you all the time and are so blessed to call you FRIEND !

    Please take care.

    Frank and Lee Sitar

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Good Morning Burke~ This is such wonderful news about your dad!!!! We continue to pray 🙂 Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

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