(image courtesy of Sister Pat Willems, CSJ)
Friday, December 25
Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29 (2a) Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt 1:1-25
Midnight: Is 9:1-6/ Ps 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12,13 /Ti 2:11-14/Lk 2:1-14
Dawn: Is 62:11-12, / Ps 97:1-6, 11-12/ Ti 3:4-7/ Lk2:15-20
Day: Is 52:7-19/ Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4,5-6 (3c) Heb 1:1-6/ Jn 1:1-18
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Is 9:1
What is the great light we have seen in the midst of the coronavirus, or in the demonstrations in cities all over the world, that changed our lives? People and first responders gave of themselves for others unselfishly. People of all varieties, from all walks of life, marched in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color who have been treated violently for decades. Many wonder when we will get back to normal. Do we really want to? Crisis can be a time for creative change: a time to change negative things of the past; to change our hearts and view things in a new way. There has been much to lament and much to be grateful for. How has the Wonder-Counselor, Emmanuel, come to you this Advent?
Jesus, help me not to forget either lament or gratitude as you teach us how to live and love in peace.
I will try to remember your presence throughout my waking hours.
Sue Imhoff, Associate