We tend to hear Isaiah's prediction of the birth of "Emmanuel" as a wondrous announcement, the astounding prediction of a birth to take place 700 years after it was spoken. Indeed, it is a marvelous quote, but in its original context, it had nothing at all to do with Jesus. In reality, the birth announcement was made as a serious warning to a wicked king. Facing the danger of an invasion, King Ahaz had chosen to rely on the military might of Assyria to protect him, and in the process, he abandoned his fidelity to the God of his ancestors.
O God of Patience, draw us into the mystery of your love.
O Bread of Life, nourish and sustain us as we journey in faith through Advent.
O God of our Longings, we long to see your face.
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.