Intention: That the start of this Advent will herald for us a time of prayer and conversion as we return our hearts and our lives to the work of building God’s Kingdom of peace, justice, and love.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 4:18-22
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.
A Reflection for the First Wednesday of Advent
As Christians, we believe that the Nativity of Jesus is a moment of grace for all, but especially so for those usually considered to be the least of those among us. In the narrative, the Lord is greeted first and most by the poor, who knew immediately and before anyone else who he was. For them, the birth of Christ brought joy not so much as a miracle sent as a promise kept. What they had long believed had come to pass, and their happiness was overwhelming. For them and for us, the gift of Jesus is God’s word that God sees, that God cares, that God acts. Through God’s activity, we are taught that to be fully human is to be born in God’s likeness and to live in God’s ways. The time of Advent is a time for considering the yes of the Incarnation, of God’s affirmation of all persons as his beloved and sacred daughters and sons.
Eternal Father, you are good and just in everything that you do. Bless us with gratefulness and respect for all that we have. Let us show our thanks by being part of your works in all of their abundant mercy. Help our awareness of those whose lives are empty, so that we may reach out to them with full and helping hands. In this time of Advent, fill us with the faith to believe that we really will find your Son in our midst, as we gather together to witness to his presence and to build up your Kingdom on earth. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.