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December 3, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Mt 13: 33-37

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing.

This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.” Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

May He Not Find You Sleeping

There’s been a lot of research indicating we’re not getting enough sleep. The accelerated pace of our plugged-in lives only exacerbates the lingering anxiety that we’re falling behind – or missing out on something big. For most of us, this race toward Christmas means kicking up the pace several notches. So much to do…

It doesn’t have to be this way! What if we were to practice “Staying Awake” this Advent by, ironically, ensuring that we get enough sleep? I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to burning the Advent candles at both ends. But I can imagine Jesus wanting a different kind of Advent for us this year – one where we actually have time to take a nap, reflect, and sink deep into prayer.

Christ calls us to practice the Examen, to make tough choices, to cut out what’s unnecessary – to watch for what wakes us up inside!

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ, is a retreat master, writer, and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL. His weekly video reflections can be seen at heartoheart.org

Prayer

Silent night, holy night! All is calm. All is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace!

—Joseph Mohr

 

 


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December 3, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Mt 13: 33-37

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing.

This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.” Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

May He Not Find You Sleeping

There’s been a lot of research indicating we’re not getting enough sleep. The accelerated pace of our plugged-in lives only exacerbates the lingering anxiety that we’re falling behind – or missing out on something big. For most of us, this race toward Christmas means kicking up the pace several notches. So much to do…

It doesn’t have to be this way! What if we were to practice “Staying Awake” this Advent by, ironically, ensuring that we get enough sleep? I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to burning the Advent candles at both ends. But I can imagine Jesus wanting a different kind of Advent for us this year – one where we actually have time to take a nap, reflect, and sink deep into prayer.

Christ calls us to practice the Examen, to make tough choices, to cut out what’s unnecessary – to watch for what wakes us up inside!

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ, is a retreat master, writer, and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL. His weekly video reflections can be seen at heartoheart.org

Prayer

Silent night, holy night! All is calm. All is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace!

—Joseph Mohr

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!