Monthly Archives: December 2015
As 2015 comes to an end, we reflect on the people we were throughout this year. Let us see 2016 as a fresh start, a new beginning – ‘I consider the loving way forward tomorrow. I may desire growth or change. I may want to live some virtue. I resolve to do my best and surrender the outcome to God.’ – Mary Ward
We pray together the words of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The excitement is mounting. It is nearly time to welcome Jesus into our lives. The Advent wreath burns brightly – candles of hope, peace, joy and love. God of light, grant us courage to speak to others about the Saviour we await. Be the hope, peace, joy and love that dwells in us and we sometimes struggle to find. Be our focus as this season of waiting draws to a close.
Jesus was born in a tiny stable. God doesn’t need much room, just an invitation into our hearts. God is Emmanuel – God is with us always. Let every heart be a manger for God this Christmas.
‘Lord Jesus Christ we await your coming,
We wait filled with hope,
Knowing your light will shine in the darkness.
We wait anticipating your peace,
Believing that one day it will fill our world.
We wait embracing your love,
May we reach out to share it with those around us.
We wait with joy,
Bubbling us in expectation of your birth.
Lord we wait,
Come soon and fill us with your life.’
– Christine Sine
The Advent story is one of hope and mystery, anticipation, a kingdom of this world and the next, and a king, appearing when we least expect. Heaven touching earth, the footsteps of the divine walking dusty roads. And a people, searching for a saviour. Open our eyes and hearts this advent.
– Inspired by Faith and Worship
This first week of Advent is about starting on a new journey.
‘The joy of the gospel fills the heart and lives of all who encounter Jesus … With Christ joy is constantly born anew.’ – Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel
With this joy in our hearts, let us renew our desire to encounter God during the coming weeks.
Christmas is a very busy time and it can be stressful. Let’s try to make Advent the time to rest, and find comfort in God. We need to have patience, and use this season of Advent to prepare for our very special guest.
Lord, help us to be more aware of your presence in our lives this week. Teach us to see you in others.