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First Sunday of Advent

Hebrews 1:1-2: In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
Prayer ...
Holy and Righteous Father, thank you for the day, as we are in advent season help us to see Jesus and his work and purpose more clearly as we open your Book and seek to know your will. Fill us with your Spirit, so that we may greet each choice awakened to the answer to "What would Jesus do?" In the name of Infant Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (December 02, 2012)
Day: First Sunday of Advent
First Reading: Jer 33:14-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm: 25:4-5,8-9,10,14
Second Reading: 1 Thes 3:12-4:2
Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Lectionary: 03
Colour: Violet
Listen to Readings:
Scripture: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
25"And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." 34"But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; 35for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth. 36But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
What can keep us from distinguishing the signs of the Lord's presence and action today? Unresponsiveness and the temptation to slacken off - to become unreceptive and lethargic or to fall asleep spiritually. It is very easy to get caught up in the things of the present situations or to be weighed down with troubles. The Lord knows our shortcomings and struggles and he gives us the strength to bear our burdens and to walk in his way of sanctity. But there is one thing he doesn't endure: an attitude of indifference, being passive, not caring, and doing nothing when we could be enthusiastically seeking God and his kingdom! God is ready to give us fresh view, hope, and grace to walk in his ways. He wants to actions to execute in and through us for his glory. That is why he expects more of us than we can do by ourselves. His grace facilitates us to actively watch for his action in our lives, and to actively pray for perseverance and endurance when we face trials and difficulties. The Lord gives us his strength to overcome temptation, especially from apostasy - the denial of the Jesus out of fear or arrogance. God is always ready to fill us with his strength and divine power. Is your heart hungry for God or is it weighed down by other things? Loving Infant Jesus, may we never lose sight of the signs of your presence in our life and the signs of your action in the world today. Free us from spiritual dullness, unresponsiveness, and every distraction that would keep each one us from you. May we never tire of listening to your word, seeking you in prayer, and desire for your return in glory."


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