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.
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.
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 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.