In Advent Reflections

Monday of the Second Week of Advent

December 5, 2016

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Today’s Thought from Scripture:  Isaiah 35:10

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,     and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;     they shall obtain joy and gladness,     and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

“Our first great responsibility,” said Mother Teresa at the Washington D.C. National Prayer Breakfast in 1994, “is to be a family, a community, revealing first to one another something of God’s love and concern and tenderness.” (Advent 25).

As we contemplate our own story of redemption, we can better empathize with those who are still struggling to reach that holy mountain, and pray that they will soon join us in the song. For just as Christmas is a time for family to reconnect, the joy of heaven will be all the sweeter when we experience family the way God intended it to be.

For what member of God’s family can you offer the “sorrows and sighings” of today, as an offering to the Lord on their behalf?

 

Lord, thank you for the gift of memory,

even the sad memories that are a part of my life’s story.

Thank you, too, for the opportunities I have every day

to share my joy as a redeemed member of the body of Christ!

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 

 

 

To read the full readings for today, click here.

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