As nearly any of their Christmas shopping lists would suggest, parents know all about surrendering wants and desires — primarily, their wants and desires — for the sake of their children. Going “without,” or with less, is part and parcel of “surrender.”
Catholics in our country are barely aware that our coreligionists around the world are persecuted in dozens of countries.
Third Sunday of Advent
First reading: Is 61:1-2, 10-11
Second reading: 1 Thes 5:16-24
Gospel: Jn 1:6-8, 19-28
With the crunch of Christmas upon us, the wonderful readings for this Third Sunday of Advent come to the rescue of our harried hearts.
Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God’s path, but also to signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty of the world.
The whole church repeats this five-word, heartfelt plea to God four times during Masses on Advent’s first Sunday, “Light up your face and we shall be saved.”
First Sunday of Advent
First reading: Is 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7
Second reading: 1 Cor 1:3-9
Gospel: Mk 13:33-37