Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent

December 22, 2016

Today’s Thought — Sixth Antiphon: “O King of All Nations”

O King of All Nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man,

Teresa-21whom you formed from the dust!

Today’s antiphon recollects the “King of All Nations,” the righteous ruler who will end all such division and suffering by making a lasting peace between nations, as the prophet Isaiah foretold:

He shall judge between the nations,     and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares,     and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation,     neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)

Isaiah’s prophesy continues to be a sign of hope in our troubled times, just as they were in his.

O King of All Nations,

thank you for the many blessings

you have poured out upon my country.

Thank you for the ability to worship you freely and without fear.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus,

so that people all over the world would know and worship you.

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.