First Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2015


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

First Sunday of Advent
by Rev. John Rausch, glmy
Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace

"But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads, because your redemption is at hand." (Lk 21:28)
Advent allows a step back from our preoccupation with economic worries and the cares of the world. It raises our eyes to see the new liturgical year as the hopeful dawn of salvation that will ultimately reach completion with our participation. Fear about the "end of the world" gets replaced by excitement about the fullness of God's Reign. Your "ransom," "liberation," and "redemption" are at hand!
    Fear sells newspapers and grabs our attention with every news broadcast. Terrorists might attack, hackers may control the Internet, a gallon of gas may double in price! Shrill talking heads on TV and radio constantly inflate every troublesome situation into catastrophic tragedy. The gullible get scared. People of faith, by contrast, click the "off" button...

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In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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