3rd Sunday of Advent

Published on Dec 30th, 2011 by Austin Keith | 0

Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near.” (Phil 4:4-5) Today we celebrate with great expectation the coming of the Lord! Our Advent Season is nearly over and we as a people are called to be prepared to make straight the path of our personal journey to God. Our Readings each challenge us to recognize that God has anointed us in baptism and we are “sent to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners to announce a year of favor from the Lord.” (Isaiah 61: 1-2a) Please not that nowhere are we called to buy, purchase, wrap the perfect gift, or travel to exotic places, but to prepare ourselves by listening attentively to God’s Word and to pay attention to the signs and wonders that we encounter each day. All too often, we miss God’s presence in our lives because we are too busy to listen let alone pay attention to the God in our midst.

Please God, allow us to slow the hectic pace of our lives; to be present to you as we encounter others, to slow down enough to realize that we are the gift of and to you for one another. Please God, allow us to watch with diligence for your coming; may we celebrate with one mind and heart the Incarnation of God bursting forth in our world. May we always appreciate what we have been given not lament what we fail to have or accomplish. We belong to You, and that is itself is Your greatest gift. Heavenly Father, You sent your Son to show us how to live a life of blessing unblemished by the hype and propaganda of an ungodly, self-centered world. Please God, allow us to journey toward You!

May God Bless You,

Father John