Saturday, December 15, 2012

Advent Calendar - December 15, 2012

Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11; Matthew 17:9a, 10-13

Reflection by Sister Christine Marie Fendel
Ministry to the sick and elderly at St. Ferdinand Parish, Ferdinand

“In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace.” Sirach 48:1-4

“Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.” Ps. 80:1-4, 9-1

Fire is often used to symbolize a great zeal for God. This fire is dynamic, effective and purifying. Elijah was a prophet whose heart was set aflame with love. He urged the people to return to God with all their heart.

This Advent, like Elijah, let us ask God to enflame our heart with zeal and enthusiasm, aware that God is with us. Let us make it a priority to sit in stillness from time to time to see God’s face and experience God’s presence and peace within.

Taking time for personal reflection helps us to discover Jesus’ face in the people we meet every day. What keeps me from noticing? Are we too busy about our lives and agendas? Look for Jesus to draw near at the most unexpected moment. Look for Jesus' supporting strength in times of utter powerlessness. Look for Jesus as a hidden, faithful friend in times of difficulty.

(Psalm 80 Verse 16) Like a vine that is planted in soil and carefully attended has power to grow, we too have power to grow if we come aware of God’s presence in ourselves and in others. In baptism, we were joined with God, and God’s power courses through us each day.

This Advent, let us fill up with the FIRE of God's love!

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