December 15, 2013, Third Sunday of Advent
"When Jesus' mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child through the power of the Holy S;irit." (Matthew 1)
Isaiah 35: 1-6a, 10
Gospel of Matthew 11:2-11 Readings Here
REFLECTION: Whatever the circumstances, when the angel came and announced to Mary that she would be the mother of the Savior, we know she was open to the Presence of God. That Presence is always available to us, as it was to Mary. We can find it in prayer, but also in a moment of washing pots or peeling carrots, or caring for children and elderly.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we live in a blessed land. May we never take this for granted. Have mercy on us for our national failings and lead us in more just and righteous ways. Amen.
Monday: Do some Advent readings and reflecting. Use materials provided by the parish. Check our web site for Advent materials.
Tuesday: Is there a family member (s) with whom you have been out of touch for a long time? Do something this season to get in touch.
Wednesday: Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary Video Here with the family tonight. Pray for the families of those in military service.
Thursday: During these days of Advent, continue to be especially mindful of the needy in prayer and service.
Friday: Plan an Advent dinner tonight. Light the Advent wreath or other candles. Talk about your family’s hopes for this coming year.
Saturday: Prepare for Sunday’s liturgy by reflecting on the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Isaiah 7:10-14, Romans 1:1-7, and Matthew:18-24
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer when we call upon you. Listen to our hopes and dreams and satisfy us as you have promised. Come, Lord Jesus, the time is near. Amen.
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