Daily Prayer

December 27

Reflection The gospel story of the birth of Jesus, and circumstances in which we encounter this reality provide us with the Jesus way to live in the midst of a world terribly divided by political, economic, and nationalistic tensions.  What if each of us sought to bring love and light, warmth and peace, to the situations of our lives much

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December 26

Reflection As we reflect on the experience of this Christmas, we realize our commonality in this moment of planetary distress. We are one family sharing our small planet as we spin through space. This is the human family of which we all are a part. This is our home and these are our brothers and sisters. Our personal freedom is

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December 25

Christmas Day Reflection Christmas is a day of hope as well as joy. We do not celebrate Jesus’ birthday remembering something that happened long ago. We celebrate the stupendous fact of the Incarnation. “We can read the history of our universe as the rising up of Divine Love incarnate, which bursts forth in the person of Jesus, who reveals love’s

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December 24

Christmas Eve Reflection Christmas Eve is a time of anticipation. Each of us holds a store of memories that sustain us. We feel a sense of hope and the promise of good news. For us this Advent has been a dark time, and the darkness in our nation lies heavy on our hearts. We are besieged by a seemingly endless

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December 23

Reflection              O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come set us free, Lord our God. Emmanuel means God is with us. For the ancient Israelites that presence would be in a savior who would come and set them free from oppression. For us, we are reminded that through Jesus we are shown what

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December 22

Reflection   O Ruler of all nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come save the creature you fashioned from the dust.   The metaphor in this antiphon positions Jesus as the keystone of the arch of humanity. We know now that we are all related in our origins from that

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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 darkest day of the year. From that darkness we call on Christ as the

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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. The one who has the keys has the power to open doors. This antiphon is about freedom;

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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 the call

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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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