Reflection Date: 
12/20/2013

Friday of the Third Week of Advent 

Scripture:

Isaiah 7:10-14
Luke 1:26-38

Reflection:

Today’s readings are about promise and fulfillment, fear and courage, cynicism and trust.   Just five days before we celebrate the birth of Christ, the readings remind us that the coming of Christ was no accident, no twist of fate.  Rather, the coming of Christ was the fulfillment of a promise made long before.

Reflection Date: 
12/19/2012

Scripture:

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25a
Luke 1:5-25

Reflection:

Then Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years." Luke 1:18

  

Reflection Date: 
12/18/2012

Scripture:

Jeremiah 23:5-8
Matthew 1:18-25

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Reflection Date: 
12/17/2012

Monday of the Third Week of Advent 

Scripture:

Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Matthew 1:1-17

Reflection:

A voice proclaims in the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD!  Isaiah 40:3

  

Reflection Date: 
12/15/2012

Scripture:

Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13

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Reflection Date: 
12/14/2012

Scripture:

Isaiah 48:17-19
Matthew 11:16-19

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Reflection Date: 
12/13/2012

Scripture:

Isaiah 41:13-20
Matthew 11:11-15

Reflection:

The violent know no limits. Mass graves are filled by narco-traffickers with impunity. Drones are drop bombs in Pakistan and Afghanistan and innocent civilians as collateral damage. This is how drug routes and the political stability of regions are secured by the violent among us. This kind of brute force knows no boundaries, neither does it follow accepted moral codes nor respect human values.

Reflection Date: 
12/12/2012

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 

Scripture:

Zechariah 2:14-17
Luke 1:26-38

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Reflection Date: 
12/11/2012

Scripture:

Isaiah 40:1-11
Matthew 18:12-14

Reflection:

"Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem…" Is 40:1

Some of Scripture’s most sublime poetry lies within Isaiah 40.  It is the poetry of God’s comforting presence in the midst of darkness and seeming abandonment.  In her little book titled "40 Stories to Stir the Soul," Sister Joan Chittister shares a wonderful Hasidic tale that captures God’s tender presence.

Reflection Date: 
12/10/2012

Scripture:

Isaiah 35:1-10
Luke 5:17-26

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