THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
November 27-December 3, 2016
“Let us throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light…put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 13: 11-14 What a beautiful image of clothing ourselves with Jesus! There is such intimacy in the clothing we wear. That is the bond to have with Jesus. As a young religious, we were instructed to kiss each item of our habit/garment as we put it on. If we are clothed/armored with Jesus, this light will reflect the goodness of God to all we meet.
In Isaiah 2: 1-5 the challenging image of “beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks,” reminds us that God calls us to peace, not violence. Advent is a time for us to re-access our tendency to violence – anger, impatience, meanness, stubbornness and coldness. It is a time to renew our prayers for all those suffering from the ravages of war and the conversion of the perpetrators.
Advent is also the wonderful season of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We wait expectantly with her for the miracle of this special child. We reflect on the meaning of this unusual child. The Angel Gabriel called him the “the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 Mary wondered at this revelation – so strange, so unknown in her religion’s tradition, but she trusted in the word of the angel. Joseph walked at her side and protected her, even though he, too, had to be a man of faith. These two people are the examples for our following the Christian path.
St. Andrew, an Apostle, the brother of St. Peter, was the first apostle called by Jesus. He was originally a follower of St. John the Baptist. Later, he introduced Peter to Jesus. He preached in Asia Minor and as far off as Russian. He was martyred on an X shaped cross in Greece.
St. Francis Xavier co-founded the Jesuits along with St. Ignatius of Loyola. Francis evangelized in Asia, reaching India and Japan. He was considered a kind and gentle man.
May you walk this Advent with great joy and expectation of wonders to come.
Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF