If ever there was a more eloquent description of the Messiah and the reign of peace and justice he would establish for all the peoples of the earth, I have not known it. With rich images and even richer prose, Isaiah of Jerusalem (first reading) shares with us the same vision that has filled hearts with hope and joy for almost three millennia (circa 2,800 years).
O Wisdom, guide us on the right path.
O God of Comfort, soothe our weary world as a mother comforts her child.
O Compassionate God, open our hearts and minds to prepare us for your son's coming.
Advent: Many find themselves in a tug of war as the church calls them to embrace Advent and the culture rushes pell-mell to Christmas.
O Radiant Dawn, esplendor de luz eternal, may we be a reflection of divine light and love for all your creatures.
O Wisdom guiding creation with love, fill us with wonder.
O Harbor of our Hearts, be a safe place in our dailiness.
O Prince of Peace, prepare the way of our hearts moving us toward your justice.
Spiritual Reflections: Advent is a way of life, lived in watchfulness for the God who comes not just at Christmas, but every day, in wonderful and sometimes distressing disguises.