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Advent – Friday, Second Week

December 13, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

Scripture for Today

This reading reminds me that people don’t really change over the years.  Every generation needs to grow in wisdom and learn the basic human values that undergird human society.  Public behaviors are not always translated into the spirit in our hearts.

CaminoWineThe challenge of typecasting people is no different today.  Labels reveal deep seated prejudices that can be debilitating to those who are cast as “less than” or not “normal.”  How many gifts of the human spirit are squelched because of limitations we put on each other?  What would our society look like if women had their stories heard and respected?  The elderly voices of wisdom honored instead of discarded as hopelessly behind the times?  

Through all of these human failings, wisdom sees the truth.  Wisdom knows the human heart and is the constant that joins the generations in the best of humanity; mutual respect and looking out for those around us.

This can be difficult to remember when there is so much darkness and anger in our world.  But the Gospel message of Jesus and his ancestors remind us that there is always good and Wisdom is ever present if we only stop and open ourselves to its loving warmth.

Terry Ruttger

God ever gentle, ever caring, you call us home from the exile of selfishness to the freedom of justice, the balm of healing, and the joy of sharing. Make us eager to join you in your holy work, as friends of strangers and victims, companions of those whom others shun, and as the happiness of those whose hearts are broken. Amen.


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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.

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