Advent Reflection, Day 22

olive tree

An olive tree grows in Jerusalem despite lack of water and overgrazed lands . Photo by David Snyder for CRS

Today’s Readings

Divinity is always where you least expect to find it.
– Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, an American archbishop who became television’s first religious spokesman

Today begins our last week of Advent and our seasonal journey of deeper reflection on solidarity, hope and spiritual transformation. In four days, we joyously welcome the baby Jesus. We may look upon his birth, perhaps, as a symbol of peaceful reconciliation amongst nations, or a confirmation of humanity’s goodwill. This week, we are grateful for the universal depth of Jesus’ love for us. Let us share that love with our brothers and sisters.

Ever-loving God, grant me the peace to welcome your son, Jesus. Amen.

Act: Read the most recent issue of CRS’ newsletter The Wooden Bell focusing on the Global Food Crisis. How might you be a sign of humanity’s goodwill amidst this crisis?

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