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First Sunday of Advent, 1 December 2019

The reflections for each Sunday in Advent are taken from “The Presence of God,” published by Pax Christi USA in 2010.

Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:37-44

The readings during the holy season of Advent include some of the most beautiful passages from the Bible, specifically the words of Isaiah. On December 1, as we light the first candle of the Advent wreath and enter our waiting time, we are greeted with the Creator’s great promise: Peace will come, and swords will be beaten into plowshares. While we must prepare ourselves for this time of darkness and silence, we should not be afraid; rather, as Romans tells us, dress in Jesus Christ, put on that armor of light, and stay awake. The darkness is descending, and things will change when we least expect it, but fear not: We walk in the light of God.

Follow up question to reflect:

As you pray for those who struggle for justice around the world, can you identify the signs of hope?

Reflection and prayer offered by Pax Christi France (French only) taken from journal de la Paix ‘’Paix à cette maison!’’

Réflexion et prière proposée par Pax Christi France extraitent du journal de la Paix “Paix à cette maison!”

Second Sunday of Advent, 8 December 2019

Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-9, Matthew 3:1-12

Today’s reading gives us the promise of the peaceable kingdom, where everyone is relieved of fright since “the earth was filled with the knowledge of God.” Ignorance breeds fear, but as the reading teaches us, when we open our minds and hearts to the “other,” we dismantle the ignorance which stifles love and we receive the security that God promises. It is our responsibility to do this – to open ourselves to others – even when this effort is sometimes challenging. We read about John the Baptist whose deep faith is thrilling and a little frightening.

Follow up question to reflect:

Do we have John’s clarity of purpose? Are we ready for what is coming?

Reflections and Prayer by Pax Christi USA taken from booklet ‘’The Time to be Awake: Reflections for Advent & Christmas 2019’’.

Advent Service 2019 by Pax Christi UK at St Aloysius Church