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Sunday, December 15

Sunday of the Third Week of Advent | Glenn Osborne

Rejoice! The Third Sunday of Advent is often called “Gaudete Sunday” because of the introit chant for the day: “Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.” ("Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.)

Saturday, December 14

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent | Ximena DeBroeck

A whirlwind of fire, a chariot of fiery horses –these images are unsettling and would evoke fear or at least uneasy feelings in most of us–, especially without any context. The reference point is the prophet Elijah, who is mentioned in today’s reading from Sirach as well as in the gospel reading. But what do these readings have to do with Advent, and how can they inspire us during this time of preparation? Elijah was a prophet who ministered approximately nine centuries before the birth of Christ; his deeds are narrated in first Kings, chapters 17-19, and his final moments are recounted in 2 Kings 2 :1-12, which is precisely where we find the context for the whirlwind of fire.

Friday, December 13

Friday of the Second Week of Advent | Beth Mayr

Today is the feast of St. Lucy. We don’t know much about St. Lucy, but stories abound about her wearing candles on her head — earning herself connections to light. The image of light is striking in the midst of a dark December, leading up to the shortest day of the year in just 8 days, followed by the light of the birth of Christ a few days later. That contrast — light in the midst of darkness — is a reminder from God about who He is. Today’s response in the Psalm affirms that: “Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.” Where are you finding light this Advent, this December, this year?

Thursday, December 12

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent | Karen Banta

While there have been many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary over the years, I have a great devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe which began after watching the film “The Blood and the Rose”. The movie recounts the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego on December 9, 1531. I see signs of God’s miraculous actions throughout the film.

Wednesday, December 11

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent | Lisa Kantz

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest”. Have you put it to the test? As Christmas draws near Do you take time to hear? His voice asking, are you tired? Are you worn? To help you live freely is why I was born.

Tuesday, December 10

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent | Robin Demarest

On any given Saturday you may find me browsing in one of Baltimore’s many consignment shops. It is a favorite past time of many people and leads to a possible treasure or an extra piece of stuff that will be sent to Goodwill eventually. However, on this particular Saturday I purchased a hanging figurine for the backsplash in my kitchen. I was taken by the intricacy and color of the piece. I now know there was another reason I found this piece so engaging. After reading the passage for today’s Advent devotion I am surprised I did not see the meaning of this artwork sooner.

Monday, December 9

Monday of the Second Week of Advent | Delia Schadt

Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Holy Day celebrates God choosing Mary to be the mother of Jesus. The first reading today explains how Adam and Eve were hiding from God in the Garden of Eden, because Eve was tricked by the serpent who told her to eat the apple from the tree, which was forbidden by God. Thus, original sin was born.

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.