Advent Reflection, Day 23

water bearers

African women and girls carry water back to their village in Malawi. Photo by David Snyder for CRS

Today’s Readings

God’s nature is communal and social;
therefore our nature, created in God’s image, is communal and social as well.
– Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions: Reflections of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, USCCB

Advent is a time of personal reflection and also a time for unity. In Africa, a common saying states: It takes a village to raise a child. Women, especially, rely on other women in their daily work of home-keeping and raising children. As Americans, how can we create a greater sense of communion among ourselves? with our brothers and sisters around the world? with those living on the margins? Let us make that commitment to community. We can begin simply enough in our families by making a concentrated effort to work together to achieve the utmost potential for one another, individually and collectively as family unit.

Holy God, take my hands for Your will and my heart for Your people. Amen.

Act: Read the U.S. Bishops letter, “An Invitation for Young Adults to Change the World.” Choose one of the reflection questions at the end of the document for a prayer focus this week.

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