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Advent – Wednesday, Third Week

December 18, 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to us with your saving power.

Scripture for Today

For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.
Psalm 72

This passage speaks of exactly what we are waiting for.  A time of true justice and peace.  A time when everyone who needs help gets the help they need.  When all suffering is comforted and all poverty addressed.  A time that already exists for some and does not exist at all for others yet.  Except through our actions.  We are part of the already of justice and peace prevailing on our earth.  We have a huge struggle to get there for everyone but, if we don’t stay in the struggle, the justice and peace of Christ will never arrive. 

Camino1I do not believe in a time when God will send a cleansing fire to eliminate all evil and injustice and create a Utopian world of peace and plenty.  I believe we can make that happen through our faith in the Risen Christ and through our work together.  Yet it often seems hopeless and that there is too much work to be done.  That is when I try to find the pockets of resistance to the evil and injustice in the world.  The Internet is a mixed blessing and can bring us evidence of that prevailing evil.  But is can also bring us stories of resistance and justice lived out.  My particular area of concern is working with women coming out of prison and I have found many places where that work is being done.  One I would like to lift up is great organization ( that does amazing work in Texas, a state with one of the highest incarceration rates in the country. This organization works with women while they are in prison and when they leave, to help them prepare for re-entry and stay on track once they are back in the community.  I know from experience that it is a challenge to get  folks involved in helping people in prison.  There is a lot of fear around working with this population. Yet they are all God’s children and we are called to bring justice to all, as followers of Christ. That is my call and where my energy and attention go. Yours may be another area of need. But wherever God is calling you to take action to bring about justice and peace, the promise of the new birth of the Christ child leads us on the way.  We know God comes into this world and leads us into this world, as part of the way forward to the coming of the kingdom, here and now.  Amen.

Cindy Kennedy

Longing for your coming, Emmanuel, we cry out in faith:
Lord Jesus, come.
Our hearts yearn for the comfort of your presence and your peace:
Lord Jesus, come.
Those who are hungry long for food to nourish body and spirit:
Lord Jesus, come.
Those who are oppressed cry out for liberty:
Lord Jesus, come.
Those who are young seek meaning in their lives:
Lord Jesus, come.
Those who are dying await your coming:
Lord Jesus, come.


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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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2019 8:47 am

    Reading these reflections has been such a rewarding practice these Advent mornings. And reading the bios afterwards is also a wonderful way to get to know recognize CSJs, Consociates and other spiritual companions. Thank you everyone for your contributions.

  2. betsy meagher, csj permalink
    December 18, 2019 8:56 am

    thank you for your encouragement to do what i can where i am at and beyond.

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