November 27, 2011: 1st Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First reading: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b;64:2-7
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel: Mark 13:33-37
As the liturgical season of Advent unfolds, we wait for the coming of the Lord to be reborn more intently in our hearts. Four weeks to experience the freshness and vitality of hope. Now, take the time, individually or as a family, to write a pledge with five commitments to make the preparation for Christmas simpler and more spiritual. Take time for quiet, invite friends to an evening of reflection or social awareness DVD instead of a glitzy party, slow down to take the time for making home cooked meals, visit the solitude of nature and volunteer to see the struggles of people in your neighborhood. Let gift buying make contributions of hope, to dethrone contributions to corporate greed, and support socially responsible, ethical businesses or fair trade products. Use resources, such as The Better World Shopping Guide, to direct your purchasing decisions. May we let God’s Spirit be the potter to mold us this Advent to make us mindful of His ways and become the work of His hands. A process of hope as we live with compassion towards others and creation, commitment to foster Gospel values in our economic decisions and we call upon the Lord to refrain from spiritual slumber to be watchful and alert.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 80
Share your pledge to make Christmas simpler with five friends.
Consider giving gifts that will let others simply live with dignity, such as through Heifer International. (www.heifer.org)
The reflection may be used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.