Advent is a time to renew our hope and confidence in God’s faithfulness to the covenant he made with his people. The simple fact is, God hears the prayers of his people. In preparing the way for his savior, God heard the prayers of two barren couples in today’s readings. They both bore sons, Sampson in the Old Testament and John the Baptist in the New Testament, who were called to bring hope to God’s people in a time of spiritual darkness.
So the take away for us is: God is always faithful and always hears our prayers! He will answer in his time and in his way, but he will answer. That answer may take most of a lifetime, as it did with Elizabeth, but he will answer.
We need to remain steadfast therefore in our faith and steadfast in the mission he has called us to. We need to pray to recognize what he has entrusted us to do in building up the kingdom. That task may be as simple as raising our children to know his love. Whatever it is we know he will place people in our lives to assist us in the mission of his Son, such as the barren mother of John the Baptist or the sinless Virgin Mary. This last week before Christmas ask yourself, who has God put in your life to help you fulfill the mission he has entrusted to you ?
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.