O Bread of Life, nourish and sustain us as we journey in faith through Advent.
Blessed Fra Angelico produced various depictions of today's Gospel story of the Annunciation. Although the 15th-century Dominican painter created significant variations on the same scene, it is said that he never retouched his paintings because, like the iconographers of Eastern Christianity, he believed that he produced them under divine inspiration; thus, they should not be changed.
O God of our Longings, we long to see your face.
O King of All Nations and Cornerstone of the Church, rey de todas las naciones y piedra de la iglesia, come and deepen our love for all your people.
O Radiant Dawn, shine your light on those in the darkness of despair and need.
O Breath of God, breathe your energy and love into us and upon our earth.
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, fill us with wonder and delight.
O Tree of Life, may we branch out in generosity to others.
O Prince of Peace, give us the alertness and courage to be peacemakers.
When all the graced visionaries have prophesied, when the healers have soothed every pain, when all the fettered are set free, when the naked and the shamed are clothed with justice and dignity (Isaiah), one will come among us -- one in whom hope and healing, freedom and salvation will find their most eloquent expression (John). He is the one for whom we wait with joy (1 Thessalonians). On this, the third Sunday of Advent, Isaiah, Paul and the two Johns (the evangelist and the Baptizer) call the assembly to cultivate that joy and allow it to sustain us. Ours is good news.