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  • FRIDAY, December 19       Ember Day

    Jesus identifies John the Baptist as the messenger who prepares the way of the Lord. John must have seemed like a wild man with scruffy clothes and a strange diet. He must have startled people. Jesus asks: What did you expect to find in the wilderness? Soft robes?

    John wa....

  • THURSDAY, December 18

    We wait for the Lord because we trust God’s promise to be with us. Emmanuel means “God with us.” The birth of Jesus fulfilled the prophecy that a virgin would conceive and bear a son named Emmanuel (Matthew 1:20-23). Jesus is God with us, our Savior, our Emmanuel.

    G....

  • WEDNESDAY, December 17       Ember Day

    John the Baptist is the prophetic messenger crying out in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord. And so the people prepare for the Lord’s coming. They flock to John in the wilderness to confess their sins and receive a baptism of repentance. They make straight the Lord’s path by preparin....
  • TUESDAY, December 16

    The land of deep darkness in Isaiah’s prophecy could just as well be our own. A quick glance at the news will show plenty of darkness in our land—violence, dishonesty, prejudice, betrayal, and indifference to the needs of others. We may feel surrounded by darkness around us as we face our own da....
  • MONDAY, December 15

    The love of God is abundant, rich, and overflowing. Christ comes to us in love for our salvation. God seeks our redemption, not our punishment. Christ invites our love and joy, not our fear. God becomes human so we may become divine. Christ comes to us in humility and shares our life. He embraces hu....
  • SUNDAY, December 14       Advent 3

    We hope for God’s bright glory to be revealed in our darkness. Hope requires imagination, trust, and patience. Hope is belief in things not yet seen because, as Saint Paul asks, “who hopes for what is seen?” Hope may involve difficult waiting as we struggle with our broken lives and situations....
  • SATURDAY, December 13

    Yearning is at the heart of faith, and our yearning for God may be sharp in Advent as we watch for our Lord to come. We want to see God face to face and to know God fully. We yearn for God’s promises to be fulfilled in us. We yearn for God’s love to transform us. We want Christ to save us. Nothi....
  • FRIDAY, December 12

    Jesus offers comfort to the congregation of the synagogue in Nazareth when he reads from Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release ....
  • THURSDAY, December 11

    Waiting can be a challenge. It’s easy to go through life expecting everything on our schedule. We have things to do, places to go, and not enough time. We’re in a hurry and impatient. We can be so busy we find ourselves swapping stories with friends about how busy we are. Maybe we feel important....
  • WEDNESDAY, December 10

    The glory of the Lord overwhelms Isaiah. He faces a stunning vision of God in heaven. The six-winged seraphs (angels) call to one another, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” The thresholds shake at the sound of their voices, and the house fills with sm....
  • TUESDAY, December 9

    The kingdom of God is coming into our world. Can you see its signs? As the summer is near when the fig tree is in leaf, the kingdom of God is near when love is visible. Love has a look about it. Love is near when we help the weak, have patience with all, live in peace with others, rejoice always, an....
  • MONDAY, December 8

    Wake up! We are “children of light” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). The light of Christ is coming, and it’s wonderful. His love scatters the darkness. The kingdom of God is coming, and it will amaze us. Christ comes into the world for our salvation, not our punishment. God’s love is our destiny and c....
  • SUNDAY, December 7       Advent 2

    The Messiah comes! Echoing the words of the prophet Isaiah, it begins with a voice crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord. It doesn’t begin at a royal court or a great treasury. It isn’t accompanied by a mighty army or celebrated by a gathering of the rich and famous. The coming....
  • SATURDAY, December 6

    It hurts to lose a loved one, and every major loss brings pain. The hurt can be worse at a special time like an anniversary or birthday, or a season when family and friends come together to celebrate. We may feel raw and emptied out when everyone else seems happy.

    We have ....

  • FRIDAY, December 5

    Appearances can be misleading. The real worth of a gift is found in the heart of the giver, not the market value of the gift. Jesus knew the truth about the poor widow and the rich people who gave to the temple treasury. The poor woman’s gift of two copper coins seemed meager, but it was all she h....
  • THURSDAY, December 4

    Help! Sometimes things go wrong, and we need help. Bad things happen, and we find ourselves hurting. We can’t make it right. The breakers of death may seem to be rolling over us (Psalm 18:4), whether we face an unexpected illness or a problem at work or the loss of a loved one. Each distress remin....
  • WEDNESDAY, December 3

    The best is yet to come. God’s kingdom is already among us, but not yet complete. We look forward to seeing God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven. And we know how to recognize that day. Jesus shows us. He shows us peace, righteousness, and mercy. It’s the fulfillment of God’s promise and Isaia....
  • TUESDAY, December 2

    Rejection hurts. It feels bad for the kid on a playground who doesn’t get picked for a team, and it hurts for the adult who doesn’t get a job offer. Sometimes people can be so concerned about rejection that they don’t try things that might fail. They try to protect themselves from the pain of ....
  • MONDAY, December 1       Saint Andrew the Apostle (tr)

    Have you ever stepped into the unknown? It can be scary. There may be much that’s unknown when you make a new beginning. The fishermen took a giant step into the unknown when they got out of their boats to follow Jesus. Where would he take them? What would they do? What would happen? There was no ....
  • SUNDAY, November 30       Advent 1

    Here we sit, poised at the beginning of a new liturgical year, full of all kinds of possibilities. But we also sit at the beginning of a holiday season that may already be leaving us breathless. I find Mark’s apocalyptic words in today’s gospel reading especially relevant. During the busyness an....

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