Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

Other saints: Saint Chromatius, Bishop (c. 407); Bd John Ruysbroeck (1293-1381); Bd Mary Angela Astorch, Abbess (1592-1665); Bd Raphael Chylinsky (1694-1741)

Readings of the Day

RB: Ch 51 Those Sent On a Short Journey

Mass: Is 25:6-10a; Resp Ps 23; Mt 15:29-37

Only goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life.


In this holy season of Advent, this season of prayer, the Holy Father's December 2020 Prayer Intention focuses on prayer:

The heart of the Church's mission is prayer.
Prayer is the key for us to be able to enter into dialogue with the Father.
Every time we read a short passage from the Gospel we hear Jesus speaking to us.
We have a conversation with Jesus.
We listen to Jesus and we reply.
And this is prayer.
By praying, we change reality. And we change our hearts. Our heart changes when we pray.
We can do many things, but without prayer, it does not work.
We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and life of prayer.
In silence, everyone, each one in heartfelt prayer.

One way to begin a time of prayer is with words of praise and thanksgiving from the Prophet Isaiah: "Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that He has saved us!" (Is 25:9). As time permits, continue with today's responsorial psalm 23, one of the most comforting ones and one of my favorites. Moving to the Gospel, listen to the Word. What is Jesus saying to you? Listen. Speak, then, to the ever-loving and merciful Lord from your heart. Jesus will feed you with love and compassion. Trust. "God's grace changes lives: He takes us as we are, but He never leaves us where we are" (Pope Francis, Twitter, December 2, 2020).

In prayer, we remember the four women missionaries brutally murdered in El Salvador 40 years ago today: Sister Ida Ford (age 40), Sister Maura Clarke (age 49), Sister Dorothy Kazel (age 40), and Jean Donovan (age 27).

© Gertrude Feick 2020

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