December 4th – First Friday of Advent

Posted on December 4, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

4Today’s Gospel

“‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘Let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And their eyes were opened,” (Matthew 9:28, 29).

Daily Advent Reflection

We all have blind spots—areas in our individual and community lives that are perhaps too comfortable. Today we might look courageously at a “blind spot” in our own lives and ask Jesus to help us to overcome it. Perhaps we could think about how we steward our material possessions or our time. Is there an opportunity today to act differently?

Daily Advent Challenge

“I will consciously look at how I spend money and time today and not be blind to how I use these gifts.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

December 3rd – First Thursday of Advent

Posted on December 3, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

3Today’s Gospel

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock, (Matthew 7:24).”

Daily Advent Reflection

What are the foundations on which my life is built? To what extent do I live by the Word of God? To what extent do I follow the patterning of the life and example of Jesus? Are my foundations firm?

Daily Advent Challenge

“Today, I will identify one thing in my life that leads me away from God and make a realistic plan of how I can change this, either now or over time, so that my life is built on firmer foundations.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

December 2nd – First Wednesday of Advent

Posted on December 2, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

2Today’s Gospel

“Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them, (Matthew 15:30).”

Daily Advent Reflection

The waiting in Advent gives us all time to stand back and take stock of our lives. Which parts of me are hurting and in need of God’s healing touch? Who have I hurt?

Come before Jesus in your brokenness – try to spend some time sitting with him today and reflecting on his compassion and his healing touch

Daily Advent Challenge

“Today, I will be aware of my own brokenness and that of others, and place it in Jesus’ hands.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

December 1st – First Tuesday of Advent

Posted on December 1, 2015 by - Advent Reflections

1Today’s Gospel

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it; to hear what you hear, but did not hear it, (Luke 10:23).”

Daily Advent Reflection

Advent is the season of waiting. Today’s gospel speaks of people who waited. We are blessed that Jesus revealed some of the mysteries of God’s Kingdom to us. In this Advent season we wait in hope – hope for Christ’s coming among us at Christmas and for his return at the end of time.

Daily Advent Challenge

“I will try to be a witness to that hope within me to at least one person today.”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark