December 2, 2012: 1st Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
“…people are more important than things…”
First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm:25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Advent dispels a 24/7 mentality of instant gratification from making a purchase or satisfaction of demanding an answer NOW. Replacing mental gymnastics, from the anxieties of daily life, with the contemplation of waiting, Advent allows us to search our core. Shallowness of expediency evaporates. Time for humbleness, instead of living in a hurry, molds conscience beyond inaction. Advent can be a time of frenzy or friendship with the Lord. The Advent path is a covenant graced with time to increase in love for one another and for all and seek justice in the land with a humble spirit. For at the end of Advent, we kneel and see that love, humbleness and justice radiating from the face of the Christ child in the manger.
Lord, as we await your coming at Christmas and for all eternity, we thank you for reminding us to seek peace in our souls, for we cannot be your peace in the world with hearts lacking reflection and prayer.
Help to fathom that your time is always the right time and grant us the grace of humbleness in waiting.
Individual Reflection: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Instead of having a social Christmas party, plan an evening of reflection during Advent for your friends. Make it an opportunity to share the gift of silence and reflection. Focus on how justice, the Lord proclaimed in word and action, offers modalities to make the world more safe and secure.
Family Reflection: 1st Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Let each family member share how they should conduct themselves to please God.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice web sites
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