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Dec 17: 3rd Sunday of Advent

7 days to Christmas:
Come Jesus, Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: teach us to walk in the paths of knowledge

 

Has had 6,177,634 views:
Mary, Did You Know?

 

  Recommended by a reader in Australia:
(3 mins)
We don't charge for humanity

 

(42 mins) St Paul's Letter to the Philippians (David Pawson)
- with fascinating historical info re the city of Philippi

Jesus please bless Pope Francis on his 81st birthday today!

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. readings for Advent 3

Isaiah 61: The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up broken hearts, to proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in prison, to comfort people who mourn,
to replace their sadness with praise. I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for as the earth makes plants to grow, and as a garden makes seeds spring up, so the Lord will make integrity and praise spring up in the sight of the nations.

Lord, please give comfort and courage to people who are sad

My recording of this reading

 

Luke 1.46-56: Mary said "My soul praises the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior. Starting from today, all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me". Mary stayed with Elizabeth about 3 months and then went home. Elizabeth gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives shared her joy. When the child was circumcised on the 8th day, he was given the name John. 
Jesus, please bless all women who are having a baby today

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1 Thessalonians 5.19-28: Let the Holy Spirit have a free reign in your life. Hold on to what is good. Avoid every form of evil. May the God of peace make you holy. May you be kept safe in spirit, soul and body, for the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you. He will not fail you. Pray for us. Greet all the believers with the holy kiss. Read this letter to all the believers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Holy Spirit of Jesus, Holy Spirit of the Father, I open my life to you.  My heart is yours

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John 1: John the Baptist was sent by God as a witness to the people about the presence of the Word among them. When religious leaders asked John "Who are you?", he replied "I am, as the prophet Isaiah prophesied, a voice crying out: make a straight way for the Lord". When Jesus came to the river Jordan where John was baptizing, John said "Look, there is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He is far more important than I am, because he existed (as the Word) before I was born. I saw the Holy Spirit come down on him like a dove. He will baptize people with the Holy Spirit.  He is the Chosen One of God"
Jesus, lamb of God, Chosen One of God, please baptize me with the Holy Spirit

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Reflection on the above readings: 

Daniel Daring: Advent 3


Video commentary on today's readings - in Italian with English, Chinese and Spanish subtitles

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10 years ago today:

Hope Medical team at Marco Polo; Marco Polo's flags; more toys from Oliver and company; Christmas shops

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Hour of Love HK radio program 8.30 pm HK time tonight - with items about HK prison inmates

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  A minister of a city church enjoyed a few drinks, but his passion was for peach brandy. One of his congregants would make him a bottle each Christmas. One year, when the minister went to visit his friend, hoping for his usual Christmas present, he was not disappointed, but his friend told him that he had to thank him for the peach brandy from the pulpit the next Sunday. In his haste to get the bottle, the minister hurriedly agreed and left. So the next Sunday the minister suddenly remembered that he had to make a public announcement that he was being supplied alcohol from a member of the church. That morning, his friend sat in the church with a grin on his face, waiting to see the minister's embarrassment. The minister climbed into the pulpit and said, "Before we begin, I have an announcement. I would very much like to thank my friend, Joe, for his kind gift of peaches...and for the spirit in which they were given!"

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia 
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Fri: South America
Sat: Cent., N America    
Jesus, today, Sunday, please bless the people of Africa

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 17th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shaanxi

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 17th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Malawi

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Sunday, please bless all Muslims in my country

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Sat Dec 16

If you're wondering why I'm behind in answering email etc, days like yesterday might help to explain. After Mass and breakfast, I packed for two prisons and left home at 8.30am for the long trip to Shek Pik men's prison on Lantau Island where I spent a couple of hours before making the long trip to Lai Chi Kok men's prison where I stayed till nearly 6pm....then going to meet the line of 100 poor people lining up for bi-monthly rice boxes near Yau Ma Tei clinic....getting home around 7.30pm....where a bundle of prisoners' letters awaited me. No trouble sleeping last night! (and see below)

 

Christmas remembers the birthday of the world's most famous ....prisoner

 

The child abuse commission didn't flinch. Can Australia show the same courage?

 

For HK readers: tomorrow 3pm St Paul's YMT - monthly prayer meeting for healing (early by one week this month because of Christmas). All welcome

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

Ecclesiastes 8-9: I see injustice in the world: good people are treated badly; bad people are treated well. I do know, however,
that good people are in the special care of God. We must try to be happy as much as we can. We must try to make the most of our lives. Spend your life with the woman you love. Whatever work you have to do, do it well.

Lord, please help me to be optimistic and cheerful

My recording of this reading

 

Ecclesiastes 10-11: Foolish people are lazy,  and careless in speech. Wise people are diligent, and careful in speech. Young people, rejoice in your youth. Young people, remember your Creator in the days of your youth. Let everyone remember: our life is short. Don't waste your life. Live life well. Our days pass quickly and old age is soon at the doorstep. Old age: when to go uphill is difficult and even walking is not easy. In all we do, let us love and honor the Lord our God. At the end of our lives on earth, it is to God we will have to give an account of the way we have lived. 
Lord, make us know the shortness of our life so that we may have more wisdom in living our lives

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Revelation 12.7-14: Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought the dragon and his angels. Michael won. Satan and his followers were driven out of heaven. The great dragon, the serpent, known as the Devil or Satan, was hurled down to earth. His angels were hurled down with him. The dragon began to make war on the children of the woman - those who obey God and bear witness to Jesus.
Jesus, may your holy angels protect us from Satan

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Mark 13.1-37: Jesus spoke to his disciples about the future: "On account of my name you will be hated, tortured and killed. But the Good News of the kingdom will spread to every nation before the end of the world. At the end of the world, the sun and moon will stop shining. Stars will fall from the sky. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all peoples will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with power and glory. He will send his angels with a loud trumpet to gather good people from all parts of the earth. Therefore you  should live a good life and you will have nothing to fear on your last day"
Jesus, please help me live and grow and die in your love ...and not be afraid of death

Listen

Reflection on the above readings:

Jesus' first coming at Bethlehem was noticed by only a small group of people. His Second Coming will be rather different....

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10 years ago today:

Christmas Card game at Yunfu

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 Inmates at both prisons I visited yesterday enjoyed seeing printed copy of this image:

Santa-in-prison.jpg (61171 bytes)

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa          
Mon:
Europe, Russia           
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia                         
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America                   
Sat: Cent. & N America    
Jesus, today, Saturday, please bless the people of Central & North America

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 16th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Qinghai

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 16th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Afghanistan

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Saturday, please pacify the Taliban

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Fri Dec 15

 

 As Christmas comes near we start to hear a voice in our hearts telling us to slow down .... and be with Mary as she awaits the birth of her Baby

 

A very kind friend in HK has lovingly made a Spanish audio version of the Cable TV report about my August trip to Guangzhou - here ...and also a Spanish version of a SCMP video about my anti-drug campaign - here

 

And another kind HK friend has found this amazing NGO in Brazil.
It has interactive videos - this one shows prisoners in an over-populated jail. You can interact with the video through 360 degrees ...click arrows at top left of video to move around the crowded cell. (Many prison cells around the world are like this ...sardine cans....HK prison cells very, very different)

 

George Monbiot:
We can't keep eating like this
This is the question everyone should be attending to - where is the food going to come from?

 

A few days ago a beloved retired assistant bishop of Brisbane - John Gerry - went home to Heaven. I knew him well. Two memories come to mind: once at the ordination of an O.M.I. priest, Bishop Gerry talking about the hands of a priest being "Eucharistic hands" ...saying they should also be "serving hands". Memory two: I heard him say that when he was on a national committee helping the poor, he once attended a meeting with then prime minister Malcolm Fraser...who sat at one end of a long table, with the committee members at the other ...a big space in between...so that the committee members were feeling most unwelcome. 

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here    
  Readings are from Simple Bible

Ecclesiastes 6-7: Even if a person studies wisdom, what use is it? Wise person and fool both must die. Yet wisdom gives protection and strength. And wisdom reminds us that all of us make mistakes. Therefore we should be slow to condemn others. 
Lord, may the memory of my own mistakes make me slow to judge other people

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 85: I will hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace. Peace for his people and his friends and those who turn to him in their hearts. His help is near for those who love him and his glory will dwell in our land. Mercy and faithfulness have met. Justice and peace have embraced. Faithfulness shall spring from the earth and justice shall look down from heaven. The Lord will make us prosper and our earth shall yield its fruit. Justice shall march before him and peace shall follow his steps
Lord, please give more peace to our world

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Revelation 12.1-6: A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, dressed in the sun, standing on the moon, crowned with 12 stars. She was giving birth to a child, and she cried out in the pain of childbirth. Then a second sign appeared: a huge red dragon, which wanted to eat the child. The woman gave birth to a son, the ruler of all nations. The son was taken straight up to heaven, to God on his throne. The woman escaped to safety in the desert, to a place prepared for her by God.
Jesus, protect us from Satan who goes round like a hungry lion wanting to eat us

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Mark 12.41-44: Jesus sat down in the Temple area and noticed people putting money into a donation box to help the poor. Many rich people put in a lot of money. A poor widow put in two small coins. Jesus said to his disciples  "That poor widow has donated more than all the other people, for they put in money they had left over, but she put in the only money she had"
Jesus, please make me more generous in helping poor people

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Reflection on the above Bible readings:

Today's reading from Ecclesiastes reminds us that only God sees what's under the surface in our lives ....as Jesus did in the Gospel

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10 years ago today:
Saturday night English Corner - thank you James, John, Dr Ellen, Dr Dean, Angela, Jack, Jody

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 Catechist to group of small children in front of Christmas crib a week before Christmas: 
Is Jesus in the crib?
Children: not yet.
Catechist: yes he is. He's already there.
Children: but we can't see him.
Catechist: you can't see him him yet, but he's already there.
One child: I get it ...inside his mother Mary!

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia        
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia            
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: S. America     
Sat:
Cent, N. America    
Jesus, today, Friday, please bless the people of South America

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month: 
On this 15th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Liaoning

And praying for one of
the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
 
On this 15th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Zimbabwe

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Friday, please bless all Muslims

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Thu Dec 14

Yesterday I was Stanley men's prison from 9.45am to 6.45pm ...9 hours ...not bad for an old fella...partly seeing inmates whose families I'm due to meet in South America soon and partly seeing others whose court cases are coming up soon. A tiring but happy day....finishing in the hospital section where two elderly South Americans who don't speak much English (one of them none at all) put my mini-Spanish to the test. But it's amazing what you can say with just a few words. e.g. for "when are you due to be released from prison?" (which according to Google translate is "cuando deberias ser liberado de la prision") I just said "cuando bye bye Hong Kong?" (as I used my arms in a flying motion)!  (and see below..)

 

'Drug smugglers now thinking outside the box'

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here    
  Readings are from Simple Bible

Ecclesiastes 4-5: So many things we do are motivated by jealousy. Two people working together can succeed. One person alone is easily defeated. It is better to be content with what you have, than to be greedy for wealth.
Lord, please help me not to be greedy

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 82-83: God says to corrupt officials: "How long will you judge unjustly and mistreat the poor? You should do justice for the weak and the orphan. You should defend the afflicted and the needy. You should rescue the weak and the poor. You should set them free from the hand of the wicked". O God, please protect your people from corruption and injustice. Save us also from attack by other nations. Let everyone know that you are the Lord of all the earth. 
Lord, please stop corrupt officials from hurting people

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Revelation 8.1-11.18: I saw how punishment is coming for all evil doers on the earth I heard voices shouting: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ. He will reign for ever and ever". The 24 elders worshipped God saying: "We give thanks to you, Almighty Lord God. The time has come for everyone to be judged. The time has come for good people to be rewarded and bad people to be punished"
Jesus, please help bad people stop being bad

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Mark 12.38-40: Jesus told the people to beware of religious leaders who like to walk about in long robes, who like to be greeted obsequiously in the market places, who like to take the places of honor at prayer halls and banquets, who steal the property of widows, while making a show of lengthy prayers
Jesus, help religious leaders to be good people

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Reflection on the above Bible readings:

Followers of Jesus born in a stable should practise "stable spirituality" ...which is the opposite of the the spirituality practised by the leaders in today's Gospel 

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10 years ago today:

Zhaoqing Medical School and Jin Rong College volunteers at Ricci & Mazenod; Lily's brother; Genevieve; new slums at Assisi

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 Yesterday as I entered the isolation cell of an inmate at Stanley men's prison ....to check contact info for a meeting with his family in South America next month....I jokingly asked "do I need to take my shoes off". We both had a good laugh. Isolation cells are for naughty boys (chicos traviesos!). I also showed the same man a photo of my home (in the little booklet "Dr Jesus")...saying how my home was only twice the size of his cell! 

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia        
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia            
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America     
Sat: Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Thursday, please bless the people of South East Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 14th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jilin

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 14th of the month,  Jesus please bless the people of Ethiopia

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Thursday, please pacify Al-Qaeda

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Wed Dec 13

What a relief it is to hear Christmas music in shopping centres, at metro stations, and in the media....it's like the sound of rain falling after a drought. Our sick world has so many problems.... Christmas offers hope. The darker the darkness, the brighter the candle shines

 

China's big brother - the AI revolution is upon us
(Maybe this will make tougher for the Drug Lords?!)

China building network of refugee camps along border with North Korea

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  Chris McDonnell 
An experience of hope
- with an Advent poem: The Coming
Advent is indeed a place called Hope

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

Ecclesiastes 3: There's a time and a season for everything: A time for giving birth, a time for dying. A time for tears and mourning, a time for laughter and dancing. A time for embracing, a time to refrain from embracing. A time for keeping silent, a time for speaking. 
Dear Lord, please help me to do the right thing at the right time

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 81: Ring out your joy to God our strength, shout in triumph to the God of Jacob. Listen to the voice of the Lord: "I am the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt. Let there be no foreign god among you, no worship of a false god. O that my people would heed me, that Israel would walk in my ways. At once I would subdue their foes. But Israel I would feed with finest wheat and honey".
Lord, please help us to walk in your ways

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Revelation 7.9-17: I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, and language. They were standing in front of the throne, with palms in their hands. They shouted: "Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb". One of the elders told me who these people are: "These are the people who have been through the great persecution. They now serve God day and night in his sanctuary. The Lamb is their Shepherd. He leads them to springs of living water. God has wiped away all tears from their eyes".
Jesus, please help sorrowing people who are crying today

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Mark 12.28-30: In Jerusalem a religious leader asked Jesus "Which is the most important commandment?" Jesus replied "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart. And you must care as much about others as you care about yourself. These are the two most important commandments. All other commandments  depend on  these two."
Jesus, please help me love you with all my heart and care for others as much as I care about myself

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 Reflection on the above readings: 

May Christmas remind our troubled world that the meaning of life is to be found in love of our Creator and in care for fellow creatures

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 Last Sunday I sent emails to my OMI confreres in the Latin American countries I'm soon to visit. After they received my emails, some of them contacted our OMI headquarters in Rome to see if the messages really were from an OMI.....such is our world today with so many scams!

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia         
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia      
Thurs:
S.E.Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America    
Sat:
Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Wednesday, please bless the people of
East Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 13th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jiangxi

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 13th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Mali

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today,
Wednesday, please pacify
Al-Shabaab 

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Tues Dec 12

Recommended by a reader in Australia:
Christmas song - O Holy Night, by the Indian group Sanam

 

Yesterday I went to two prisons: Shek Pik men's prison on Lantau Island (...a long trip) then, on the way home, to Lai King young women's prison. As usual, inmates were quick to wish me a Happy Christmas. In the past I was slow to wish them a Happy Christmas (...how can you be happy in prison?...) but now I understand more clearly that Christmas really does cause inmates to be happy. Such is the effect of the Bethlehem Baby. (And see below!)

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

Ecclesiastes 1-2: Everything is temporary and  passing. What's the use of all our toil? Our life is over in a few days. What's the use of all our toil? The same fate awaits both wise person and fool. Death is always just around the corner. 
Dear God, please help me understand the meaning of life. Help me understand that there is life in heaven after life on earth

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 79-80: O God, the nations have invaded your sacred land, they have profaned your holy temple. They have made Jerusalem a heap of ruins. We have become the taunt of our neighbours, the mockery and scorn of those who surround us. How long, O Lord, will all this last? How long will this sorrow keep going? Do not hold the guilt of our ancestors against us. If their guilt is somehow influencing our situation now please give peace and healing to everyone and everything in our  history. Let the groans of the prisoners come before you. Let your strong arm reprieve those condemned to die. O Lord, our God, help us and save us. Let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
Lord, please heal any problems in my family tree

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Revelation 7.9-17: I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, and language. They were standing in front of the throne, with palms in their hands. They shouted: "Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb". One of the elders told me who these people are: "These are the people who have been through the great persecution. They now serve God day and night in his sanctuary. The Lamb is their Shepherd. He leads them to springs of living water. God has wiped away all tears from their eyes"
Jesus, please help sorrowing people who are crying today

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Mark 10.46-52: As  Jesus was leaving Jericho on his way to Jerusalem, many people followed him along the road. Sitting by the road was a man who had become blind. His name was Bartimaeus ("son of Timaeus"). When he heard that Jesus was going past, he called out "Son of David, have pity on me". Some people tried to stop him from calling out, but he shouted even more loudly "Son of David, have pity on me". Jesus stopped and said to him "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied "Lord, let me see again". Jesus said to him "Go, your faith has saved you". Immediately his sight returned, and he followed Jesus along the road.
Jesus, please heal my blind friend (.. name ..)
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Reflection on the above readings:

The Baby in the stable is he who heals and helps us until the day we see him face to face in Heaven when every tear will be wiped away 

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10 years ago today:

Latest update re A-Lin (cancer on neck) ....now living at Marco Polo Center

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 After visiting Lai King young women's prison yesterday, I went to Mei Foo to collect an eye prescription item for an inmate in another prison. I had the address on a receipt from the shop, so I showed it to a young guy selling phones in the area where I'd been told the shop was. Quick as a flash he put the address into one of his phones, then said with a big smile....it's just behind where we are standing! 

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America
Sat: Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Tuesday, please bless the people of South Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 12th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jiangsu

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 12th of the month,  Jesus please bless the people of Guinea-Bissau

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Tuesday, please pacify Boko Haram

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Mon Dec 11

Well done, HK police force!
Cocaine and Erimin 5 worth 20mn HK dollars seized

 

Maybe I'll soon be visiting criminals who didn't stand for national anthem at races?!
Should Hongkongers stand for national anthem at horse races?

 

Yesterday afternoon I spent much time sending emails to friends in 8 different South American countries I'm due to visit soon. This trip is more complicated than previous trips to Africa (each one to just 2-3 countries). But it's a long way to go to S. America, and I don't expect to go again, so this trip has to cover a lot of ground, so to speak, since there are inmates from almost every South American country in prison in HK

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

Proverbs 30-31: Every word of God is true and of great value. Do not change or misinterpret God's words. Do not give way to sexual excess. Do not give way to drunkenness. Be the voice of the poor, the unwanted. Uphold the rights of the needy. Happy the man who finds a good wife. She is far beyond the price of pearls. She looks after her household with care. She works diligently for her family. She holds out her hand to the poor. She opens her arms to the needy. Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty. The woman who is wise is the one to praise.
Lord, thank you for all the wisdom in the Book of Proverbs!

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 78: Listen, everyone, to my teaching. I will recount the lessons of our history. The things our parents have told us, we will not hide from our children, but will pass them on to the next generation. We want the next generation to know all that the Lord has done for us in the past. May the next generation in turn pass on this knowledge to their own children, so that they too will put their hope in God and never forget all that God has done for us. May future generations not be like our ancestors who so often were unfaithful to God. Even though our ancestors had seen God part the sea, even though they had seen him provide food and water for them in the desert, still they went on sinning. Yet he who is full of compassion forgave and spared them. He remembered they were only weak humans. Eventually he brought them to the promised land and gave a home to each of Israel's tribes. But still they sinned by building mountain shrines and serving idols. Then God raised up David to be their leader. God called him from looking after sheep to be the shepherd of his people. 
Lord, help us not to forget all you have done for us

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Revelation 5.11-14: I heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered around God's throne. There were 10,000 times 10,000 of them, shouting: "The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy  to be given power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing". I heard all living things in creation - angels, people, animals - crying out: "To the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honor, glory and power for ever and ever".
"Thou are worthy, Thou art worthy, Thou are worthy O Lord, to receive glory, glory and honor, glory and honor and power"

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Mark 10.35-45: The brothers James and John were two of Jesus' disciples. One day their mother said to Jesus "When you become king, allow my sons to sit at your right and left". Jesus said to his cousins James and John "Only my Father in heaven can allocate seats on my right and left". The 10 other disciples were angry at James and John for seeking honor.  So Jesus said to them all  "In most places, people in power like to dominate and control others. But this is not to be your way of exercising authority. You must exercise authority by serving others, not dominating them, just as I came not to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for the world"
Jesus, please help me want to help and serve other people, not dominate and control them

Listen

 

 

Reflection on the above readings:

All Christians should try to be "a voice for the poor" (Proverbs) ....like Pope Francis

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

239b: Listen  In a culture which privileges dialogue as a form of encounter, it is time to devise a means for building consensus and agreement while seeking the goal of a just, responsive and inclusive society. 

The principal author, the historic subject of this process, is the people as a whole and their culture, and not a single class, minority, group or elite.

We do not need plans drawn up by a few for the few, or an enlightened or outspoken minority which claims to speak for everyone. It is about agreeing to live together, a social and cultural pact.

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 To go with today's readings from Proverbs:
Wife of famous US preacher Billy Graham used to have a note on her fridge: Divine Service is held here 3 times a day !

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa 
Mon: Europe, Russia
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia 
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America
Sat: Cent, N. America   
  
Jesus, today, Monday, please bless the people of Europe & Russia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 11th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Hunan

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month: 
On this 11th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Eritrea

And praying for one
Islam-related intention each day of the week:

Jesus, today,
Monday, please pacify I.S.

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Please also join me in praying for the very many deformed and handicapped people from China who are on the streets of HK as beggars...as well as deformed people in China itself ...like Hung Chun Cai


    My Africa trips: 
2015: Tanzania, Malawi

2016: Kenya, Uganda

2017: Southern Africa, Dubai ( The Last Run)

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Australian Chinese for Families Association

Gay marriage: an elephant in the room (by John W)

Video: What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts 
同志婚姻自2004年立法後,美國麻省的改變 ( 廣東話附字幕版)

  Frightening YouTube reports: LGBT radical impact on educational institutions (No. 5); LGBT infiltrating churches (No. 6); US corporations massively supporting LGBT agenda (No. 7). What has happened in the US is now starting to happen in other places. Some day our children will ask "why didn't you do more to stop this evil?"

 

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Pope's surprise visit to drug treatment centre

Pope is practising what he preaches: "get out and mix with the poor"

 

HK readers might like to join me in praying each day for one group of HK prison inmates: Sun: Lo Wu; Mon: C.I.C., Siu Lam, Tai Lam; Tue: Stanley Wed:  Hei Ling Chau   Thu: Lantau 
Fri: Lai Chi Kok       Sat: Hospitals, Pik Uk & other centres


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