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Advent – Tuesday, First Week

December 3, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Scripture for Today

Waiting for something wonderful is like returning to childhood. The excitement we feel as children when we are looking forward to something great – without expectation; with innocence. During Advent, we all return to our childhood as we await a special gift.

I enter each Advent Season with the expectation that something wonderful will happen. I await the return of my son, who went away to college in Illinois twelve years ago and stayed in Illinois to teach. I see him during the year for very quickCamino33 visits, either in Minnesota or in Illinois. At Christmas there is more time set aside for his return home visit. At this time, we share family time, we share church time. Going to Mass to celebrate the birth of Jesus is the highlight of our family time.

The Gospel for today tells us that we are to believe as children believe – with utmost trust. Children believe in all the best things without needing proof that they are so. As children grow, the innocence they are born with slowly changes and we, as adults, become skeptical and less trusting.

At Advent and Christmas it feels so good to look forward to something, to wait for something that we believe in without question, something we trust to be true – that God sent us Jesus to teach us to love. To love God without question, to love our neighbor as we love God – for our neighbor is God. This Advent, remember that God is love and love is the gift we have been waiting for.

Michelle Hueg

God of timeless grace, you fill us with joyful expectation. Make us ready for the message that prepares the way, that with upright hearts and holy joy we may await the reign of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

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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.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Connie Gleason permalink
    December 4, 2019 9:31 pm

    Michelle, thank you for this hopeful Advent reflection.
    Connie (Gleason)

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