Advent Reflection, Week 3, Day 4

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South American farmers tending to their livelihood. Photo by Richard Lord for CRS

Today’s Readings

Reflect: Advent is a time of waiting and patience, in our daily and faithful lives. Our journey could be compared to that of a refugee: traveling many weeks, then arriving at our destination, only to anxiously await the promise of what comes next. For refugees, the arrival is about survival into new life; for Christians, the arrival centers on Christ’s birth and the promise of a God who leads us to new life. As we come closer to December 25th, we remember the rich traditions that accompany our journeys and arrivals and that teach us about our expectations and hopes. Instead of hoping for presents, let us instead hope for presence – giving birth to Christ’s presence in our hearts and in our world. Let us pray for a world that will one day be transformed into a full reflection of the Kingdom of God.

Pray: Pray the “Prayer of St. Francis” aloud.

Act: If you participate in a “Secret Santa” gift exchange this season, consider giving (when appropriate) a handwritten prayer or an hour of volunteer time for your recipient.

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