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Through the Lens of Work
During Advent, what should we do as we wait for the coming of Jesus? We need to be still and silent so that we can hear all the wonderful ways in which our Father calls us to help his Kingdom to come.
1st Sunday of Advent (December 3)
In the first week of Advent (Mk 13:33-37), we hear about someone with a very special duty. This duty is to watch. How is this a duty? We need to watch ourselves to make sure that our fire of love is burning brightly so that others can find their way and we can keep our love alive. We also have the excitement of watching for the One we love and sharing the news of his coming with everyone.
2nd Sunday of Advent (December 10)
The second job is that of messenger. (Mk 1:1-8) This word is used for prophets and angels. It is a job for everyone who wants to proclaim the message of God and not their own message. We can only do this job well if we spend time in prayer getting to know God and reading the Gospels so that we grow in knowledge of the mind of Christ. Then we can go out and proclaim the Good News that a Savior is born for us.
3rd Sunday of Advent (December 17)
This is a week of rejoicing. (Jn 1:6-8, 19-28) Christmas is drawing near and we have been working, loving, and praying in order to bring it closer. This week, we have a construction job. We need to make the way of the Lord straight. Jesus wants a straight way into our hearts. What are the ways in which you make it hard for Jesus to come to your heart and to the hearts of others? What can you do to get rid of crooked ways?
4th Sunday of Advent (December 24)
Mary had a very important job. (Lk 1:26-38) She was chosen to be the Mother of Jesus. She wants us to share in the work of bringing Jesus to the world. Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord. When we empty ourselves of all our plans and ideas and make room for God in our hearts, then we will feel the Holy Spirit come to us, too. And the Lord will do great things to us, and through us for Holy is his Name.