News - Reflections Advent 2019
Sunday, December 8
Sunday of the Second Week of Advent | Chris McCullough
On this second Sunday of Advent, Isaiah gives us a list of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the first reading. He says, “The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.” (11: 2). These gifts are those found in a Messiah, the one that John the Baptist proclaims in the gospel, incidentally. The Messiah to come will usher in the peace imagined by Isaiah. It is an ultimate peace which reflects the triumph of God’s kingdom.
Saturday, December 7
Saturday of the First Week of Advent | Donna McCann
Today’s reading in Matthew’ gospel reminds us of the compassion Jesus has for us. The reading describes how Jesus went to the towns and villages healing the sick and that “his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.” Jesus is interested in healing both our physical and spiritual needs.
Friday, December 6
Friday of the First Week of Advent | Christy Cabaniss
As we move into the season of Advent, our Scriptures call us to see what is around us today. Each reading from Isaiah, to the Psalm, and our Gospel from Matthew speak about seeing. Even the Alleluia has a visual tone. What does it mean to open our eyes, not just opening our physical eyes, but what of opening our spiritual eyes? This particular season is all about the preparation, so looking closer is exactly what we are supposed to be doing.
Thursday, December 5
Thursday of the First Week of Advent | Christina Gaarder
The passage from Matthew sends us a powerful message. As I often say to my children, “I need you to internalize what I’m telling you.” Jesus is telling us the same thing. It is not enough to hear Him, we must internalize the message and bring it to life.
Wednesday, December 4
Wednesday of the First Week of Advent | David and Karen Banta
Whether it was the manna provided to Moses and the Israelites as they wandered through the desert for forty years or Jesus satisfying the hunger of his followers with fish and bread, our heavenly Father knows our needs and will always provide for us because of His boundless love.
Tuesday, December 3
Tuesday of the First Week of Advent | Fritz Bauerschmidt
The prophet Isaiah says of the Spirit-filled savior whom God will send, “not by appearance shall he judge.” Jesus, in Luke’s Gospel, shows himself to be that Spirit-filled savior, who does not let appearances deceive him, for he recognizes that God’s truth is not revealed to those whom the world counts as wise, but to “the childlike.”
Monday, December 2
Monday of the First Week of Advent | Ximena DeBroeck
"“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof”...We echo these words of the centurion every time we receive Communion... But, have you ever thought that we echo the words of a Roman citizen who would have been considered a ‘pagan’ in that day? Nevertheless, this man has much to teach us. This centurion, recognized Jesus’ authority and trusted that he could cure his servant. He modeled a disposition of complete trust and humility. The centurion knew that if the Lord entered his house and brought healing, it was not because of his worth, but simply because of Jesus’ generosity."
Sunday, December 1
Sunday of the First Week of Advent | Joe Buttarazzi
"It seems easy to get carried away by the apocalyptic tone of today’s Gospel passage. It’s like a scene from a bad movie where someone is running from something terrible and yells to no one in particular, “Watch out! A mysterious event is coming any day that will sweep half of us away, like a thief in the night! AAHHH!” This end-times view is a tiresome trope. Let’s tackle this from a slightly different angle, and see if we can replace the dread of the eschaton with the hope that is the hallmark of the Advent season."