First Monday of Advent

Readings

IS 4:2-6, Psalm 122, MT 8:5-11

Daily Advent Challenge: 11-28In today’s Gospel reading, a centurion approaches Jesus about his servant lying paralyzed at home. The centurion hoped Jesus would be able to heal his servant. However, he felt unworthy of having Jesus enter into his home.

He spoke the words that we now echo at each Mass before receiving Holy Communion, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Jesus was so impressed with the centurion’s faith, Jesus healed the servant just as he had asked.

Too often, we find ourselves paralyzed in our stewardship. Fear, apathy, and procrastination are all obstacles to our living a stewardship way of life. We just cannot seem to move. But through study, prayer, and deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, we can overcome that paralysis.

This season of Advent is about doing just that. Our goal is to not only overcome spiritual paralysis; it is to be ready so that when Jesus calls, “Do this,” we respond with a firm, “Yes!”

Daily Advent Challenge

Identify one small thing obstacle that keeps you from fully living the stewardship way of life. Name it, reflect on why it is an obstacle, and work on a plan to eliminate or lessen its power in your life.