Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for Dec. 18, 2016

Set every "thing" aside; instead, remember the Lord is with us

by Sister Rose Jochmann

Can you believe it? Christmas is just a week away! How is your Advent preparation going? Have you been able to take some time to remember that we are celebrating that Jesus, the Son of God, came to live among us as a human being. We are celebrating that Jesus continues to live with each of us Christians!

Our first reading, from Isaiah, tells us that “the Lord himself gives you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel (God is with us).” The Gospel of Matthew tells us how the birth of Jesus came about. In the Gospel, the angel tells Joseph to take Mary as his wife. “She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt 1:22)

So, as you finish your preparations for Christmas, don’t let yourself get stressed and anxious. Remember that the Lord is near – the Lord is with you. Rejoice! Bring that good news to all those you meet throughout the Christmas season.


Thanks for your message Sr. Rose. Blessings to you for a happy Christmas from another Darboy girl..

GOD-With-Us through human flesh. Not 'in spite of' human flesh. Not 'removed from' human flesh. Not 'cast out' from human flesh.
But GOD-With-Us withIN, and through human flesh. How 'tender' and 'merciful,' indeed, (and in deed) must 'we' (the all of 'who-we-are-we -' our fleshy hearts, our mold-able minds, our open and ready spirits) be in order to consider, and contemplate, and comprehend the richness of this sacred and holy Mystery.

Thanks for the excellent reminder to practice 'Emmanuel' each day, Rose.


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