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Saturday, December 01, 2007

First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2007

During Advent,take time to see our children playing

take time to see the Christmas lights

take time to hear the carols message

take time to hear the crunch of snow

take time to tell the Jesus story

take time to speak to those alone

take time to feel, smell, and taste

life's too short to grumblelife's

too short to worry

life is a gift . . . unwrap it!

Begin by lighting the first purple candle on the wreath. You will light this candle by itself for the entire first week of advent. The first purple candle is known as the prophecy candle. The color purple is a sign of penance and also represents the longing we have waiting for the birth of baby Jesus. Say aloud as you light the first candle, "Jesus is the light of the world."

Gift of Wonder

Rev. Alfred McBride

"Each year, God asks us to shed one more coat of awareness, one more dream state and come alive to the vision of God’s plan for each of us and the world-at-large.
"The older we get, the harder this is to do. As children we had a sense of wonder. Our eyes were wide open and drinking in the fascinating gifts we beheld…Our thirsty souls could not have enough of the wonders of creation.
"Then, somehow, we grew too old to dream. We tired of the abundance of the world, or at least grew weary of keeping up with the feast of life, and stepped away from the banquet of life.
"The natural gift of wonder God gave us as children was meant to be kept alive.…Instead we let wonder go to sleep. We entered the typical dream state of most humans.
"Why else does Jesus tell us today, ‘Stay awake!’…Advent says, ‘Wake up and realize the gifts of love you have received.’

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness

and thus to open doors of hope.

Pope Benedict

We begin our journey through Advent this weekend. It comes from the Latin word adventus meaning ‘coming' or ‘arrival'. It is time set aside to help us prepare for what's really important and essential this Christmas...

Advent reminds us that the future holds hope but only because God is very much present in the here and now. In the clutter and busyness of the coming few weeks Advent can keep our feet firmly on the ground. But only if we let it!

Thought For Today by Fr.James McSweeney

Father in heaven,
our hearts desire the warm of your love
and our minds are search for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour
that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence
and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.


'On Ya' ma

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