December 1, 2019: Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

Barbara Hickey, Notre Dame Associate

Jeremiah 33:14
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

The first candle being lit today is purple, symbolizing hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Jesus.

The Christmas season is a time when lives get busy with shopping for that perfect gift, writing and sending out Christmas cards, lots of cooking and baking to do ahead of time, parties to attend, and the list goes on.

During this time, take time to think about the thoughts of Mary and Joseph as they take on their responsibility of raising Jesus – their apprehensions, their fears, their joys.

Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen