WAKE UP! REJOICE! JESUS IS COMING!
Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent; we’re told to
Between 1820 and 1849, during the last thirty years of his life, the Quaker sign painter turned-preacher Edward Hicks created more than one hundred versions of this subject, an allegory of spiritual and earthly harmony based on Isaiah 11:6-9:
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, 2022. We begin a new cycle of readings (Lectionary); we move into Cycle A that employs the Gospel of Matthew.
Time is up! Our time for preparation is drawing near. Are we ready to receive the Incarnate Word? This year, we won’t be so busy with hurrying here and there, going from one store to the next, or one holiday party to the next. So use this gift of time to rediscover Advent, and to remember that God’s promise to us has been fulfilled. Ponder the actions of our loving God, who has always been faithful to the covenant.
A novena (from Latin: novem, “nine”) is an ancient tradition of devotional praying in Christianity, consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days or weeks. The nine days between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost, when the disciples gathered in the upper room and devote themselves to prayer, is often considered to be the “birth” of the practice of praying for nice successive days before a feast, or for a cause.
Bring glad tidings to the poor! How can you help to do that? How can you help heal the brokenhearted? Is there something you can do to bring about justice? Pay attention to who is around you; what might they need? Can you help?
Prepare your heart to welcome the Lord. Perhaps reflect on the times you have turned away from God, and ask for pardon. Is there someone with whom you want to be reconciled? Maybe this is the week you send Christmas cards. This year, hand-write a short note, especially to those who might be alone.
December 7th, 2019 found a group of Incarnate Word Associates from San Antonio communities, along with several vowed Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, gathered in the Madeleine Room of the Heritage Center for an Advent Retreat, facilitated by Sister Brigid Marie Clarke.
GOD SETS UP THE HOUSE OF DAVID FROM WHICH HIS SON WILL BE BORN