Nm. 24:2-7, 15-17a; Ps. 25:4-9; Mt. 21:23–27


“The oracle of one whose eye sees clearly . . . , who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the almighty. . .” Nm. 24:4, 16

Today we are constantly bombarded by texts, tweets, Facebook, cell phones and email messages. In the midst of this chaos, can we take time to sit still, turn off the electronic devices and just be in the quiet, so as to experience and become aware of God’s presence? God then can open our eyes and ears to see more clearly and to listen to whatever messages and vision the Holy One has for us.

Jesus often went apart to pray, to listen, and to be receptive to God’s presence and message.


Loving God, you know me through and through. Please give me the grace to be still and to listen to you. I desire to be your vessel for good in our world.


No matter our limitations by age, health, or fear, God still has something in mind for us to do. What is our next assignment from God? Will we be able to listen in order to discern what mission God desires for us now?

Today’s Advent reflection is by Janice Downs, SCN, Louisville, Kentucky


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