Friday, December 7, 2012

Second Sunday of Advent 2012

Hinges make it possible for doors to function -

     The quality and strength of the hinges

           Increase the function of the door.

Advent is the door through which we pass each year to prepare to remember the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

And like all trustworthy doors, Advent rests on sturdy hinges. This door hinges on scriptural reminders of God's promise to Israel to send them a savior.

          God's promise to free them from oppression

              God's promise to be their God

                        And Guide through the ups and downs of life.

Let us hinge our preparation for Christmas on a strong Advent of prayer, generosity, and works of charity and compassion.

Let us also remember the words of Pope Benedict XVI, who once wrote, "It is the beautiful task of Advent to evoke in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope."

                                                           ~ Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP