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Monday, December 16, 2013

Rejoice In The Lord Who Comes

He is coming!  He is coming! How will we know he is here?  The prophet Isaiah describes his coming as a time of justice.  Jesus “secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, sets captives free, gives sight to the blind; raises us those bowed down”.  Jesus “loves the just, protects strangers, sustains the fatherless and the widow, and thwarts the way of the wicked."  This kingdom of God is forever through every generation.  We rejoice that in the parched land of our world today, those who thirst will be quenched through the Incarnation of God’s Loving Presence and glad tidings will once again be shared with the poor!

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Voice In The Wilderness

John the Baptist, the Herald of Jesus’ Coming appears this week as “A voice of one crying out in the desert, prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” During this Second Week of Advent we ask ourselves: Where is our wilderness, the place of solitude where God speaks to our heart? What is the pathway, the ‘going away from and going towards’ we are being called to?  Advent is a time of pregnant new life waiting to be born in and through us.  The rough places in our lives need to be soften so that Jesus takes on flesh.  With Mary we rejoice, “the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is God’s Name”.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Waiting in Hope

Advent has our hearts full of urgent, expectant hope for the Desired One.  We find ourselves praying deeply and singing often:  O Come, O Come!  During this time of darkness in the world, our families, our lives we light the Advent Candles, week by week, one by one reminding us Emmanuel is with us.