St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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One more day and Christmas is here! Depending on when you read this, it may be only hours away or have already come! I hope you have benefited from this Advent season in preparation for the coming of Jesus. If not, there is still time to invite Jesus into your home and hearts.

Maybe you can do it before you go to bed on Christmas Eve. The night Jesus is born, you can welcome Him into your home. If you do not know what to say, just say:

“Jesus, Happy Birthday. I am so glad you came and became a human being like me. Thank you for dying on the cross for me. I welcome you into my/our home. You are always welcome into this home. May every room in this house be filled with Your presence. May all who enter here be filled with joy, peace and the love only You can give. Bless those who leave through these doors with Your protection. I promise to do my best in doing Your will and to love You with all my heart. Thank you, Jesus, my most welcome guest.”

If you want to add something or say something in your own words, that is fine. The important thing is that you invite and welcome Jesus into your home in its physical location. It should be an act of the will. It is a decision you are making. It should be done with the expectation that Jesus is not just invited for one night. You are asking Jesus to take permanent residence in your home. It can be the start of Him bringing you many blessings.

You can take it a step further by dedicating the home to Jesus. This means that everything in the home is for His service. That does not mean that the home has to become a convent. It just means that, when you do things in the house like cooking or cleaning for others, you ask God to be there and add His blessings on those who eat the food or wear the clothes others wear. When someone comes to your home, ask that God will bless them when they enter and leave. Ask that you would be more attentive to God’s will in the normal things you already do.

A great way to do this dedication is to consecrate the home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Many different web sites would have a copy of the prayer for doing this. Maybe you can have the children and/or grandchildren do this with you. If not, I will be happy to come and pray the consecration prayer with you. You can do this prayer when you sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. If you want everybody in the home on board, then you can do a novena for the feast day of the Epiphany (the Three Kings), which lands this year on Sunday, January 7. God’s grace will never fail.

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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