Engaging Faith | Mon, Nov 30, 2015
Second Sunday of Advent (c)
December 6, 2015
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
December 5: World Soil Day http://bit.ly/1zIu8Qo
December 6: Second Sunday of Advent
December 6: Traditional Feast of St. Nicholas
December 6: Hanukkah begins at sunset. (Judaism)
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 8: Opening of the Jubilee of Mercy (Year of Mercy)
December 10: Human Rights Day
December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Precisely by the witness of their faith and love, Christians are called to offer a radiant sign of hope and consolation to this world, so marked by conflicts and tensions.
-Benedict XVI, November 20, 2006, in Turkey
The coming of the non-violent Jesus into our world is desperately needed. It is time for deeper prayer, reflection and action so that a path can be found in the wilderness and a new vision of peace can be birthed.
-Pax Christi USA
Hope in the coming kingdom is already beginning to take root in the hearts of people. The radical transformation of the world in the Paschal Mystery of the Lord gives full meaning to the efforts of people, and in particular of the young, to lessen injustice, violence and hatred and to advance all together in justice, freedom, kinship and love.
-1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 76
We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 229
Beginning in the middle of the last century and overcoming many difficulties, there has been a growing conviction that our planet is a homeland and that humanity is one people living in a common home.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 164
The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 13
Thoughts for Your Consideration
Baruch writes in a time of great difficulty. Jerusalem has been destroyed and the people are in exile. Paul writes out of the challenges of a growing church trying to figure out what it means to follow Jesus and to live in community. John the Baptism speaks out of the difficulties of his age and the need for change and reform in Israel. In facing various difficulties, all three readings are filled with hope. We hear a longing for justice, which is filled with excitement and possibility.
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