November 29, 2009, First Sunday of Advent
“Stand up straight … be on guard … be on the watch … pray constantly for strength …” (Luke 21)
1. Jeremiah 33: 14-16
2. 1 Thes 3:12, 4:2
3. Gospel of Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
REFLECTION: Advent is a season of waiting. We look ahead to the final coming of the Lord and his Kingdom at the end of time. We anticipate with joy our yearly celebration of the Lord’s birth. We express the spirit of waiting in both our prayer and in our material preparations for the Christmas feast.
PRAYER: Loving God, we long for your Presence. We look for you to come afresh into our lives. May this holy season soon upon us see us freed from fear and healed in Spirit. Amen.
Set up with the family the Advent wreath. Keep it present in the home and pray each evening the Advent prayers.
Begin as the church celebrates a New Year to set your family priorities for the year. What can we set aside to cut down on pressures and allow more time for important activities?
Advent can be a time of peace and freedom. Reflect on those fears, anxieties, hurts, and division that disturb your peace and stand in the way of quality of Life.
Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with the family tonight.
Investigate what your parish and/or community is doing for the needy this season. Become involved with your family in helping out with projects.
Read the Scriptures especially Jeremiah as an Advent meditation.
God of darkness and light, on the threshold of this new season, we gather in Your Presence. May the glow of Your Light increase, replacing all darkness. Amen.
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