DAILY DEVOTIONS:Dec 1 'Advent: a Joyful Season'

'Advent: a Joyful Season'
First Sunday of Advent
Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
- Romans 13:12
During Lent, the Scripture readings and music are definitely penitential, urging us to "reform our lives" and root out our sinful tendencies. But Advent has a more joyful tone: we are focused on the coming birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Still, the theme of conversion/spiritual renewal is strongly present in Advent. St. Paul urges us today to "...put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the desires of the flesh" (verse 14). As we have been saddened by the revelations of sexual abuse of children by priests and even bishops, the need for spiritual renewal on the part of all of us is abundantly clear.

At the same time, during Advent, the Scriptures and the Church urge us to lift our vision higher. The season of Advent, with its positive messages from the Old Testament prophets and the inspiring example of Mary and Joseph, can nourish our hopes and inspire us to use our time and energy to help build a more just and peaceful world.
- Fr. Martin Pable, O.F.M. Cap.


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