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Monday of the 1st week of Advent

Romans 10:9-18

Psalm 19:8,9, 10, 11

Matthew 4:18-22


How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news

! But

not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says,

Lord, who

has believed what was heard from us

? Thus faith comes from what

is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.


“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news”?

When I first read this, I instantly think of Jesus, the Savior, who

first brought us the good news of our eternal salvation. Then, the

disciples come to mind and I am filled with emotion at how incred-

ibly brave they were during times of such persecution. I often ask

myself if I could have been as brave as they were.

After working in a parish, closely with various priests, I see now

more than ever how priests are people just like you and I. I never

spent too much time thinking about this growing up in the Catholic

Church and just assumed they were so very different than me and

my family. With this being said, I can’t tell you how much I ad-

mire their dedication and sacrifice all the more. At some point in

their lives, these men felt the Lord calling them to the priesthood,

just as the disciples felt a calling to fol-

low Jesus.

I think of how many times I’ve been

struggling and needed a gentle nudge

from God and how the perfect phrase