In this week’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist described as “A voice of one crying out in the desert,” If you would like to watch a video regarding today’s Gospel messae go to:
Deepen you understanding of scripture during Advent with the USCCB’s guides for “divine reading.” Taken from the USCCB website:
“Lectio divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It was a method practiced by monks in their daily encounter with Scripture, both as they prepared for the Eucharist and as they prayed the Liturgy of the Hours.
The Latin phrase “lectio divina” may be translated as “divine reading.” As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day. The method of lectio divina follows four steps:
- lectio (reading)
- meditatio (meditation)
- contemplatio (contemplation)
- and oratio (prayer).”
Go to the USCCB’s website to use their Lectio Divina guides to meditate, contemplate, and pray on your spiritual preparation for Advent and Christmas. http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/lectio-divina-for-advent.cfm
“Andrew’s heart burned with love for Jesus, to the point that he was honored to share in the same death on the cross. Do you desire to love Jesus more intensely? ” (The Word Among Us)
To read the entire article on St. Andrew go to: https://wau.org/resources/article/st_andrew_the_apostle/
Lord Jesus, Come!
That acclamation of praise and yearning, of faith and hope, is proclaimed frequently in the season of Advent. It is a time of waiting anew for the mercy of the Lord, a mercy that will be marked in a distinctive way this coming liturgical year by the celebration of a special Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Beginning on Dec. 8, the Jubilee Year of Mercy is a time set aside by our Holy Father Pope Francis to allow the great loving kindness of the Lord to visit us anew and transform us into disciples who have been seized by mercy and live to share it! Continued at http://www.archgh.org/blog/main.asp?Tid=1822&id=39&cat=Cardinal%20DiNardo
At the beginning of Dante’s Divine Comedy, we find the line: “Midway on the journey of our life, I awoke to find myself alone and lost in a dark wood, having wandered from the straight path.” Again and again, in the spiritual tradition, the good life is described as a walking of the right path. The Prophet Isaiah asks, “Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways?” (Isaiah 63:17). To read more go to: http://adventreflections.com/advent-day-12-wandering-from-god/
The third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin word meaning “rejoice.” This Sunday is so named because “Rejoice” is the first word in the entrance antiphon for today’s Mass taken from Philippians 4:4,5: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.” For more information go to: http://preview.tinyurl.com/my5uplu
Below are links to publisher’s Advent sources and inspiration:
Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.pinterest.com/osv/catholic-advent-christmas/
Don’t forget to load up your Advent Ideas on the OEC Pinterest Page:
Has the hustle-bustle of the season got you stressed out? Push Pause. Advent is the season of “patiently” waiting for the Lord. Although it is over-used…remember: Jesus IS the reason for the season. So the next time you think you are going to melt down, give yourself a time out. Take a breath and ask for the peace of the Holy Spirit. Have a “Holy Holiday.”