For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
December 14, 2014, Third Sunday of Advent
"Rejoice in the Lord always; Again I say, rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4)
Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11
Gospel John 1:6-8,19-28 Readings Here
REFLECTION: Advent is a time for appreciating God’s creation in a special way. It is the season when we remember that his Son became a human child and began to experience creation as we do. Advent offers us many small opportunities to appreciate creation, in hidden ways that contain much joy. Simply making cards, gifts, or cookies together is in itself a source of joy.
PRAYER: Father, during this season when we think of family togetherness, we thank you for our family. Bless each one of us and keep us close. Help us to reach out to other family members and let them know our love for them. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Monday: Pray today for the Church that it will be enlightened by saints who gave so much of themselves for the good of others and for Christ.
With your family, pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Video Here for peace in the country. Celebrate with a favorite family dish for dinner.
Use time today to be alone with Christ in prayer and silence.
Do some joyful Advent celebration today as your family prepares for Christmas. Try to attend a musical presentation or create your own for the family.
Friday: As Advent continues, try to do some reading regarding the liturgical season. See what materials are provided by your parish. Read something to the children.
Saturday: Pray today for Wisdom. Pray that Wisdom will be made known through Scripture, other people, or your heart.
Come! Lord Jesus, Come!
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