Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

December 14, 2016

Teresa-21Today’s Thought from Scripture:  Luke 7:22-23

And he [Jesus] answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

In today’s ASTC reflection, I share a story about visiting my mother in her memory care facility in Georgia. I can see her only every month or two, and yet each time we sit at the piano, the distance between us melts away, and the hardships of today are lightened as for those few moments we recall the joys of Christmas past.

Do you know someone who is lonely? How might you bring that person joy?

Jesus, you announced the Kingdom of God

through mighty miracles

as well as your own quiet, gentle presence.

Help me to recognize suffering wherever I see it,

and to imitate your love for the poor.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


To read the full readings for today, click here.

Advent Reflections Courtesy of:

heidi-2013Heidi is a wife and adoptive mother, contributing writer to WINE, and author of Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and the follow-up companion, Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Servant, released January 2017). Heidi received a graduate degree in theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit in 2012, having converted to the Catholic faith in 1995 from the evangelical tradition. She met her husband, Craig, at the University of Michigan Ballroom Dance Club, and lives with her family (including two special-needs teenagers, a longsuffering Aussie shepherd and a snuggly Chiweenie) near South Bend, Indiana.