First Sunday of Advent, 2023

Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent, 2023

Jesus, our coming God, as we enter this season of Advent,

pour out Your love on our brothers and sisters in need.

To the lonely in this holy season, grant a spirit of comfort.

To the grieving who will be without a loved one, solace.

To those confined to prisons of their own making,

or imprisoned by others, grant deliverance.

To the lost who feel desolation during this Advent,

show them the Way.

To those who experience hunger while others feast,

set before them the Bread of Life,

and to those who lie down in the night on cold, unholy ground,

grant the warmth of Your loving embrace.

Permit me to show to all who pass my way

that in You alone is found the refreshment of our souls,

and let me be the mirror in which they encounter Your

Face, the newborn King of heaven and earth, Amen.

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