Advent Reflection, Day 20

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Family fleeing the border into Chad. Photo by Kevin Hartigan/CRS

Today’s Readings

“We can assess what the life of the poor consists of, and that by placing ourselves on the side of the poor…we will know what the eternal truth of the Gospel consists of.”
– Oscar Romero, a Salvadorian bishop who was murdered (during mass) for his work as an advocate of the poor

Mary and Joseph were not unlike many of the world’s immigrants: simple, hard working, and poor. God purposefully chose them to lead his earthly Son through life. What responsibility and pride they must have felt for Jesus. Parents throughout the world share these strong feelings and hopes for their children. As the birth of Jesus approaches, let us ask ourselves how can we support the children in our lives, in our world. And as members of a global family, how do we give hope to a world in need?

God, help me to sustain conscious and expressive giving throughout the year. Amen.

Act: Review the USCCB documents and materials for National Migration Week, Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice, January 4-10. 2009. Plan now for your family or community to commemorate this week in a special way.

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