O Tree of Life, may we branch out in generosity to others.
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.
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.
O God of the Universe, you continually astound us with the wonders of creation.
O Dawning Light, bring your warmth and clarity to our muddled ways.
O Comfort, comfort my people, says your God; shower your tenderness upon us.
O Sacred Presence, awaken in us an awareness of your abiding love.
O Wisdom, guide us on the right path.
Advent: On this Second Sunday of Advent, Isaiah, Mark and the author of 2 Peter preach to us with power. There is no fogginess here.