Begin Advent Wide-Open to the Now

Paul Keggington

November 29, 2009

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Here begins Mark’s Gospel of Jesus Christ…

Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

During this liturgical year Evangelist Luke calls us to ‘be vigilant’.

img_7084.jpgJoin the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s this Advent by being awake and wide-open to the Lord’s coming in the now. Share scripture texts that are meaningful to you, possibly taken from the daily Eucharistic readings, or however or wherever you hear or see God.

Illustration: the Advent Wreath pictured here is a stump cut down to prepare for the building of Chiara Convent, Manitowoc, WI in St. Joseph’s Woods. Later, Richard Hartman handcrafted shelves for candles. Once deeply rooted on Motherhouse soil, it is a special 2009 Advent symbol blessed by Father Finian Zauch, OFM at the Franciscan Sisters’ Evening Prayer at the Motherhouse on November 28, 2009. The prophet Isaiah proclaims: a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. Christ is our hope. He is the blossom produced by a shoot which shall sprout from the stump of Jesse.

Let us together ready the way of the Lord.

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