December 9, 2012: Second Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
“The person is not only sacred but social…seeking together the common good and well- being of all…”
First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm: 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Second Reading: Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church : no references
This season of Advent lends itself to reflection. How we were once captives to the hollowness of ourselves, but the Lord brought us back to see the splendor and goodness of God from which we came.
In partnership with the Gospel, wrapped in a cloak of justice, we have peace in our souls and our tongues proclaim rejoicing. The Lord has done great things for us, we are glad indeed. Once our lives sowed tears, mourning and misery, for without the Lord there was no peace. This Advent, we prayerfully ponder how our faith may increase more and more in love, that our knowledge and perception of God deepens to discern what is truly of value. We are confident that the one who began good works in humanity will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Thank you Lord for prying us away from the emptiness of life to be filled with your peace. Help us to fathom your love that has washed away our tears.
Individual Reflection: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Take time to attend a retreat this Advent
Escape the busyness of Christmas preparations and take time this Advent for a family retreat one afternoon.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born November 2012 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.