Second Sunday of Advent

December 8, 2013


Below you will find a short reflection for today, the Second Sunday of Advent. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it.


Second Sunday of Advent


Isaiah 11:1-10 | Romans 15:4-9 | Matthew 3:1-12


By Mary Jo Leddy

The Dawning of Desire


Although the sun rises every morning, the dawning of salvation is less certain. Such a dawning is both a gift of God and the fruit of our efforts.


A new world of justice and peace dawns first in our hearts as a desire to live beyond the darkness.


For some, this desire emerges as a parental hope for a better life for future generations. For others, this desire is the unseen ground of a determined resolve to move beyond the socially assigned roles of victim or oppressor. Then there are those who whose desire is set free as they hear a word of truth uttered in the dark deceptions of the moment.


Advent is that season in our lives when we face the choice between acquiescing to the darkness or acting on our own desire for the dawn. Such action would mean exposing our lives in the clear light of day....


In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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