Advent reflection: The angel promised Mary the Holy Spirit, then left her. Mary was left alone. How did she cope?
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.
I once heard the comment that a real connoisseur of classical music is someone who can listen to Rossini's William Tell Overture and not think of the Lone Ranger. In a similar vein, a real student of Scripture is someone who can listen to an Advent reading from the Hebrew Scriptures and not think of Jesus of Nazareth. During this season we frequently employ readings composed in one context and interpret them in a completely different context. To the biblically unsophisticated, both contexts seem to overlap.
O Prince of Peace, give us the alertness and courage to be peacemakers.
O God of Unexpected Places, fill us with the strength and conviction to find you as we journey through this Advent season.
Advent reflection: For a few minutes on a subway train, the riders became a little community, led and guided by the innocence of a child.