Readings for Monday 5 December 2016 (Second Week of Advent)
Is 35:1-10. Ps 84:9-14, R/ Is 35:4. Lk 5:17-26. www.catholicbishops.ie/readings.
The marvellous vision of God’s saving love is expressed in some of the most poetic language of the prophet. This vision is realised in the life and works of Jesus Christ.
Audio: Advent Thought for the Day
Each day during Advent we are bringing you an audio Thought for the Day on a different theme. Today’s Thought for the Day is from Father Michael Drumm, a priest of the Diocese of Elphin. In this piece Father Drumm reflects on Advent as a time of waiting.
The Words of Pope Francis
Pope Francis – Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)
Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.
Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “throw away” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”. – Evangelii Gaudium, 53.
Pope Francis on Twitter
To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us. – @Pontifex
(Excerpt from A Prayer for Our Earth from Laudato Si)
Advent Prayer Intentions
1. We pray for prisoners;
that they may be treated with
justice and respect.
2. We pray for those who are sick,
especially the terminally ill;
that they may receive healing and consolation.
Advent Book Recommendation –
With the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy coming to a close, Pope Francis has signed an apostolic letter, Misericordia et Misera, that implores readers to continue being merciful in every facet of their lives and illuminates the path that we are called to follow on our Christian journey.
‘Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible. Everything is revealed in mercy; everything is resolved in the merciful love of the Father.’ (Misericordia et Misera, 1)
For more see www.veritas.ie.
Ruth Elaine Schram has beautifully fashioned together Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” with texts of “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” and “Dona Nobis Pacem.” This is suitable for Advent or Christmas services. Click on the link below to listen: