Take time not only to “say” prayers to God today but try to listen to his voice and what he would say to you. Become conscious of the sounds of nature — a bird singing, water falling against rocks, the wind in the trees, and listen, really listen, to another today. You may discover the quiet, whispered voice of the Spirit in the thoughts and words of someone you thought you knew.
St. John Damascene –
There is a story about a young boy who shined shoes to help earn money for his family. One day a man drove up to the street corner where the boy shined shoes. The man was driving a beautiful, expensive red sports car. The boy shined his shoes, then walked with the man as he returned to the sports car. The boy’s eyes grew large as he drew near the car, and he said, “Where did you get that car?” The man told him that his brother had given him the car. The boy whistled, and then said, “I hope someday I can buy my brother a car like that!”
St. Francis Xavier –
The Scriptures never stop reminding us that we’ve got to keep working at making Isaiah’s vision a reality. The next time you feel a judgment welling up in your mind, at the very least; take time to think about it before you voice it. Ask yourself what Isaiah or Jesus might have to say about it. Ask what’s influencing your opinions. It’s not enough to have knowledge alone. We need to strive to be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.
In Advent we trust that God is working in the world to make his desires known among us. With Isaiah, we long for the day when God disrupts a world of violence and reveals a world of peace. The centurion was a man of great hope and incredible faith. Advent reminds us that this is how we are to live regardless of the sufferings of this present moment
First Sunday of Advent –
Beginning on this first Sunday of Advent, we have another opportunity to renew our lives and rediscover Jesus in the ordinariness of our lives. It is well and good for us to anticipate the coming of Jesus at the end of the world. But in the meantime, we would do well to look for him in our ordinary living.
St. Andrew –
We hear very little about Andrew but what we do here is how he was always bringing others to Jesus. What about all of us who have been baptized as followers of Jesus Christ? Are we bringing others to Jesus by how we live our baptism each day? Are other people’s lives changed because of how we live our faith?
The Lord reminds us that through all change we need to hold onto his words which will not pass away. And thus, we wrap up another liturgical year. This weekend we will begin a new year of grace. I pray that it will be a fresh start for all of us and a new year of great blessing as we continue our journey.
Thanksgiving Day –
How do we live as thankful people? How do we make Eucharist, the great prayer of thanksgiving come alive for us each day? Does gratitude permeate our lives? Are we thankful only when we compare ourselves to those less fortunate than we, or are there times when we are just plain thankful?
Jesus tells us today that we need to let our faith express itself freely. We are his followers and we must follow him in all aspects of life. We are the modern-day prophets, witnessing to the presence of Jesus and all that he stands for. We ask today for the courage to testify to the truth.
We hold in our hearts the Creator of all, the maker and keeper of all life. We hold in our hearts a God who knows us by name and a Savior who is the same yesterday, today and forever. We hold in our hearts the hope and promise of a better life to come, a life brimming with the presence of God and an eternal state of peace, a life alive in and full of Christ and without destruction and finality.