Yearly Archives: 2014

December 21

Reflection O Dawn of the East, Brightness of the Light Eternal and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death The antiphon used today coincides with the winter solstice. We, in the northern hemisphere, are experiencing the shortest and darkest day of the year. From the depths of that darkness we…

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December 20

Reflection “O Key of David, O Royal power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of Heaven: Come break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; lead your captive people into freedom.” In these times of key cards and remote controls, this image may not seem as powerful as…

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December 19

Reflection “O branch of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.” The branch is a biblical sign of newness out of discouragement. The Israelites had forgotten God, and also forgotten…

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December 18

Reflection “O Adonai, sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai Mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.” This deep desire and longing for freedom is in the hearts of all humanity, some in the reality of bondage and oppression, all in…

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December 17

Reflection “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.” In today’s O Antiphon, we are invited to envision Jesus as Wisdom, the holy Word of God. Wisdom is the foundation of holiness, or right living. We are invited to trust that Jesus’…

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December 16

Reflection Tomorrow, as we enter the final days of Advent, the O Antiphons become part of the Church’s liturgical prayer. They go back to the 8th or 9th centuries. These antiphons are short prayers taken from the Old Testament in the prophecies of Isaiah which express the longing of a captive people for the coming of a Messiah who would…

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December 15

Reflection During Advent we reflect not only on our desire and longing for God but also on God’s longing for us. God’s love draws us to wholeness. It is the creative energy of life. This desire of God for our responsive love was exemplified in Jesus whose life and words revealed God’s constant love for each of us. Our own…

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December 14

Third Sunday of Advent Reflection Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks. 1Thess 5:16 At this midpoint in Advent, we pause to rejoice. We read the words of Isaiah and still believe that God can work in our own times bringing justice and peace to us. He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,…

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December 12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Americas Reflection   “Each national group has its own version of the Marian symbol accompanied by stories that show the care of the Mother of God for their struggles. The most well known is Mexico’s Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose appearance to a poor Indian shortly after the Spanish conquest is…

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