December 5

Reflection

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
Isaiah 9:2

 It should be visible to all that the word of the gospel is enfleshed in our lives. The Advent readings call us to live as people who believe in the message of Jesus, who see the truth of his words and because of that live in hope. Hope enables us to believe that what has been promised can be accomplished. As impossible as it may seem, hope keeps alive our desire for unity among people, healing of differences and care for all beings of this earth. Because we live in hope, we have the strength to continue to work to accomplish what has been promised. Because of hope we cling to the light no matter how dark it seems.

Prayer

May we bear with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2

Action

Try to be true to who you are even when conditions are difficult. Do not support the rhetoric of discrimination and hostility. Live in an attitude of respect for others. Be realistic but not judgmental.

Suggested Reading

Hatred stirs up dissension but love covers over all wrongs.
Proverbs 10:12

From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.
Pope Francis

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.
Mother Teresa

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
Desiderius Erasmus

You must stand for something! It does not have to be grand, but it must be a positive that brings light to someone else’s darkness.
 Anthony Carmona

This world of ours must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

We cannot resort to simplistic or extreme solutions which substitute myths for common sense.
Jimmy Carter

Darkness is full of possibility.
Michael Leunig

To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
Bono

 

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