Second Sunday of Advent

December 4, 2016

By Janet Roesener, CSJ
Cincinnati, OH

Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17;
Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12

The various readings of today’s liturgy give much encouragement to work for peace and justice by accepting our multiple differences and working together.

Already on this second Sunday of Advent, the reflection in Romans tells me that I will find endurance and hope in my surroundings IF I can accept differences. With whom do I need to seek reconciliation of differences I’ve held during this past year, or other years? Have I tried to create peace in a tense relationship with family, co-workers, friends? What have I done to lessen tension in my life and the lives of those around me? What more might I do?

We are all different from each other in so many ways – family background, nationality, race, religion. How can I, will I, learn to live, respect and even love differences as a gift of God’s creativity?

Lord, I want to be open to each person I encounter in
any way each day. I need Your help to overcome my
prejudices and preferences to see You in every situation.
Come, come!

Personal Challenge
Come, Lord Jesus and free me from
my conscious and unconscious prejudices.

Check back Tuesday for the reflection of Mary’s Immaculate Conception.

Courtesy of Ministry of the Arts

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