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Week 1: Thursday

A nation of firm purpose You keep in peace; in peace for its trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal Rock. (Isaiah 26: 3-4)

Reflection

We cannot eliminate upsets and anxiety from our lives, but Advent is a good time to slow down and remember where we should look for stability and peace. Throughout these weeks of preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, the Scriptures for our liturgies tell us again and again to turn to God, to build our house on the rock of Jesus. Only there we will find peace.

Advent Action

Make a phone call. Call someone you have been meaning to speak to, but for some reason you have not done so.

Prayer

Lord, may I truly bring peace to others that I may be at peace with myself and one with You.



35 posted on 12/06/2006 9:04:46 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Wednesday, December 6

First Wednesday of Advent

Bread Enough for All

Today’s Gospel reading is a story we have heard many times – the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. But why are we reading it now, in Advent? Is not the bread which Jesus multiplies the sign of his own body, broken and shared by us in the Eucharist? Is this not a Lenten reading? Perhaps we have forgotten that before Jesus feeds the people, they have been waiting. “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.” Perhaps the answer lies in this waiting, in the yearning that grew in the people as their bellies were empty but their hearts were filled by Jesus’ words. And then, at the end of the three days (like the three days in the tomb!), they witness a miracle – but one so humble! There are no pyrotechnics here, just bread, enough for all. In Advent we are waitng, yearning for just such a miracle – the Bread of Heaven that comes to earth as a newborn babe. And like the people that crowded onto the hillside, one against the other, we must strain to hear Christ’s words that prepare us humbly to receive the gift.


Reflection based on Matthew15:29-37

Lisa Lickona

Loving Father, may my spiritual hunger lead me to your Son and to my daily Bread.

36 posted on 12/07/2006 2:56:07 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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