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November 28, 2021 - The First Sunday of Advent

“To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.”

Psalm 25:1b


Readings

Jeremiah 33:14-16

1Thessalonians 3:12-4:2

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36


Reflection

by Sister Joseph Fennimore, OSB


Each year as Advent arrives, I ponder the question, “What can I do to make this season meaningful, a time of spiritual growth?” After some thought and reading the following question emerged, “Where is the focus of my life at this point?” One’s life is a journey, a journey that will ultimately lead to eternal life with God in heaven. Do I still have the focus that was given to me at Baptism to make this journey? The Advent theme for me this year is to consider my spiritual focus.


To look at one’s spiritual focus the following can be considered:


1.My relationship with God. Is it alive and thriving?

2.My relationships with my family and others.

Are they growing and more meaningful?

3.My relationship with what is required in my profession or work.

Is this work helping me grow? In what way is it beneficial to others?

4.My relationship to myself. What am I doing for myself?


We do not make this journey by ourselves. Jesus has made this journey and lived the way. He has come and given us help. This is what we recall during Advent and celebrate on Christmas, Jesus’ birth as Man, come to redeem us and show us the way.


Focusing on Jesus and his way will lead us to the place and time where we can recognize Christ fully and hear him say, “When these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” Fear will disappear.

From the Rule of St. Benedict

“How much more important, then, to lay our petitions before the Lord God of all things with utmost humility and sincere devotion.” Chapter 20, Vs. 2


Gospel Acclamation

“Show us, Lord, your love; and grant us your salvation.” Psalm 85:8