Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 24, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

fourth sunday of advent

Readings
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

Advent comes along every year and will continue to do so until Jesus returns. As this season draws to a close, we can each ask ourselves, “Am I now any better a disciple of Jesus Christ and more of a steward of all my gifts than before the Advent season started?” I have been on this earth for 40+ years. I have had 40+ Advents to draw closer to God and to work on taking more seriously my baptismal call. Some have gone better than others, but I would like to think my spiritual life progressed at least a small amount during each of them.

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Third Saturday of Advent

Posted on December 23, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third saturday of advent

Readings
Malachi 3:1-4,23-24
Luke 1:57-66

There is not much time left! Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have any last minute things to do before Monday? In the next few days, God will continue to call us in subtle and profound ways. We live within the parameters of a calendar, a season, and time. God does not. It is easy to miss the call of God at this time of year, which is really sort of crazy since this time of year is all about God.

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Third Friday of Advent

Posted on December 22, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third friday of advent

Readings
1 Samuel 1:24-28
Luke 1:46-56

I love to be around happy people. I bet you do too. Those who seemingly overflow with joy in the Lord make life seem easier and cause us to forget some of our lesser burdens.

That being said, I know too many unhappy people in this world. There are some who have lived very difficult lives, but others that just seem to not want to be happy. Some of these people may be actually depressed and in need of help, but others just seem to refuse to see the good in life.

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Third Thursday of Advent

Posted on December 21, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third thursday of advent

Readings
Song of Songs 2:8-14
Luke 1:39-45

This time of year is filled with parties, dinners, and family gatherings for many of us. We spend so much time decorating, shopping, and cooking so can be wellsprings of hospitality and graciousness. However, some people in our midst experience none of these realities.

Some have no one to visit or know no one that will visit him or her. There are no parties to attend, no family to call on, and no money for shopping. They may or may not have a home. During these days leading up to Christmas, they are truly alone.

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Third Wednesday of Advent

Posted on December 20, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third wednesday of advent

Readings
Isaiah 7:10-14
Luke 1:26-38

In today’s Gospel, Mary responds to the angel Gabriel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Her words are echoed in the US Bishops’ pastoral letter – Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response – where the first primary conviction of the letter is that we are all called to a mature discipleship where we respond to the call of God regardless of the cost. We can hear what Mary said, and read what is written in the pastoral letter, but that does not make us magically mature.

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Third Monday of Advent

Posted on December 18, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third monday of advent

Readings
Jeremiah 23:5-8
Matthew 1:18-25

I love watching my daughter on the stage. She loves to act and drama has become her thing in school. She gets anxious before she goes on stage, but I wouldn’t say she is scared. She knows that God has given her a gift and will assist her in using it. I don’t think I am being biased to say I think she is pretty talented, but it’s okay if I am. She is a gift of God to me and watching her use her gifts makes me so happy that my judgment could be a little off. However, just a little.

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Third Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 17, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third sunday of advent

Readings
Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

As Christians, we are called to a life of prayer. This is not just during seasons like Advent, but all year long. When we talk about being prayerful everyday stewards, we are speaking about cultivating an awareness of God being with us at all times. Each day we begin by offering God the entirety of our day. Each night we rest in him and hope that the hours that passed gave him glory.

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Second Saturday of Advent

Posted on December 16, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

second saturday of advent

Readings
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13

Prophets exist in every age. They are important in reminding us what really matters in life and how God is calling us all to life in Him. In simpler terms, we serve as prophets to one another, reminding each other about God’s love for us and his desire for a relationship with us. The Body of Christ functions best when we are willing to be held accountable for our actions and then support one another when we falter. Also, there are times when someone in need can benefit by a reminder that they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who loves them.

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Second Friday of Advent

Posted on December 15, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

second friday of advent

Readings
Isaiah 48:17-19
Matthew 11:16-19

When you are a parent of teenagers, you pray that they will have integrity in all aspects of their lives: school, friends, work, and family. It is easy to say you are something or believe in something and then turn around and act in a manner contrary to that testimony. I remember one of my sons asking me about a covenant he was going to sign for something school-related. He asked, “How seriously do you think they take this?” I responded, “What matters is, how serious will you take it?”

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Second Thursday of Advent

Posted on December 14, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

second thursday of advent

Readings
Isaiah 41:13-20
Matthew 11:11-15

People everywhere are getting caught up in the trappings of the season. You may have up your Christmas tree, a wreath on the door, and some stockings hung by a fireplace. If you haven’t gotten to all that yet, perhaps you have an Advent wreath on your table or you are halfway through the chocolate in your Advent calendar. All of this exists, or at least should exist, to give witness to the reality of Jesus being born over 2,000 years ago. We can discuss how secular the season has become, but there is no argument that, without Jesus, there is no season as we know it.

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