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Advent – First Sunday

December 1, 2019

December 1, 2019

Scripture for Today

Members of a community, not elements of a collectivity, they were not moved by mass feeling; there were as many emotions as there were people.

—Ursula K. Le Guin

In a harsh, uncertain time, it’s easy to get off-center and feel panicky, to look for comfort in firm answers, to give over our freedom and integrity for certainty. There are people and institutions ready and willing to take our freedom and integrity in exchange for the ersatz comfort of assurance. So how do do we each stay in our own center and resist the temptation to give over to mass feeling? How can we stay a community and resist becoming a mob, even in the worst of times?

We do this by practicing now.


Stay in your center.

Ask: Is this right? Is this good?

Is this for the good of my neighbors?

All my neighbors?

We’re here to help each other.
We’re here to lessen the load of misery in the world.
We’re here to look for ways to do that, daily.

There’s a 13th century Persian poet, Rumi, who wrote
Don’t go away, come near
Don’t be faithless, be faithful
Find the antidote in the venom.

We ought to be looking for ways to lessen the load of misery in the world in everything we do, or at least, not make it worse.

We always have that choice. Always.

What are we waiting for?

Baya Clare CSJ

May we be at peace.

May our hearts remain open.

May we awaken to the light of our own true natures.

May we be healed.

May we be a source of healing to all beings.



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Photographs by Theresa Ruttger. Graphic design by Baya Clare CSJ. Before copying or using any text or images from this site, please contact bayathread(at)gmail(dot)com for permission.
Some material on this site is adapted from Daily Prayer, Daily Bread, published by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 2004, and is used with the permission of the Editor and Project Director, Eleanor Bernstein CSJ.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Suzanne Herder permalink
    December 1, 2019 7:27 am

    Thank you. Great reflection.

  2. Suzanne Herder permalink
    December 1, 2019 7:28 am

    Thank you I prayed with it this morning. .

  3. Suzanne Herder permalink
    December 1, 2019 7:29 am

    I had some trouble posting so I ended up posting twice!

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Karen Zeleznak permalink
    December 1, 2019 8:39 am

    It was so nice to be greeted this morning with your lovely and challenging reflection – thank you!

  5. Mary Beth Stearns permalink
    December 1, 2019 9:01 am

    The reflection today is a wonderful reminder of why we exist. Advent blessings.

  6. Bob Peet permalink
    December 1, 2019 12:13 pm

    Sr. Clare, I was hoping you would be sharing again this Holiday season. Thank you for being here. Peace

  7. Connie Bowen permalink
    December 1, 2019 1:52 pm

    Thank you for this!

  8. Sharon Grace permalink
    December 1, 2019 2:20 pm

    Baya, thank you so much for the wonderful reflection and prayer. It is a great reminder of what’s important in this difficult time.

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