In Advent Reflections

Sunday of the Second Week of Advent

December 4, 2016

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Today’s Thought from Scripture:  Romans 15:5-7

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

 

Our “faith is not simply a personal moral code or an individual set of beliefs; our faith is by nature relational, based on unity and communion.” (Advent, 21). Whether settling squabbling rivalry or mediating a passive-aggressive standoff with a co-worker or family member, our faith speaks loudest when we are steadfast channels of peace and love. On our own, this is impossible – but as Saint Teresa showed us – staying close to Jesus gives us strength to do even the impossible: welcome and accept those we would rather push away.

What area in your life do you most need to experience the peace of Christ today?

 

Lord Jesus, you are the cause of our hope.

By leaving heaven and coming to earth

to live within the Holy Family,

you made us part of an eternal communion of love.

Help us to reflect that hope and love

to everyone we meet.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 

To read the full readings for today, click here.

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