- Jean Zaru
The Advent Journey
The Advent Journey
God of love, hope, in this advent season, remind us of Mary’s song The Magnificat Luke 1:47-53:
“My soul magnifies the lord for he has regarded the low estate of his hand maiden for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed, for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy his name and his mercy is on those who fear him. He has shown strengths in his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of low degree.”
We will retell the Christmas story of the angels who sang Peace on Earth to people of goodwill.
The peace we long for is on different levels, we pray for a world free of wars, racism poverty, and diseases that exist at the local and international scenes. We pray for the refugees who are scattered everywhere.
God help us to work for a relational justice in Palestine, in Israel, in the whole Middle East and the rest of the world.
Everyone is suffering but many lost their way. Jesus guided us by reading from Isaiah 61:1-7 in Nazareth: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim goodness to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the lord.”
God of love, empower us with the Holy Spirit so we become agents of truth, peace, love, and reconciliation, like Mary and Jesus, workers for justice and peace in Palestine, in the Middle East and the whole world. Not only justice and peace for persons, but justice to God’s creation as well.
We should repent in these days and pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire, heal and to work for God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.
Let us always appreciate contemplation and then move to action.
When have you been “fed with the bread of tears”?
What have been the times in your life that encouraged you to deepen and broaden your commitment to peace?