Bar. 5:1-9; Ps. 126:1-6; Phil. 1:4-6, 8-11; Lk. 3:1-6


“God is leading in joy with mercy and justice.” Bar. 5:9

Today’s readings are full of joy, hope and promise, as well as a fresh call to commitment to God’s activity in the world. These words are really needed after the evening news. Baruch is reminding us of a God who calls us to wrap ourselves in a cloak of justice and to remember that God is leading us in joy. Luke tells us that these are new times when God’s reign is trying more than ever to burst forth. After a good community meeting or a wonderful retreat, don’t we feel that enthusiasm Paul is describing? Don’t we feel challenged to go forth in joy, with renewed commitment to trust God’s work in ourselves and in each other?


The call is to open my eyes to see the good all around me, to open my heart to let it move me, to open my activities and my planning to let God lead in a fuller way.

Today’s Advent reflection is by Maggie Cooper, SCN, Belize City, Belize


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