Prayer of Joy
Christmas is almost here!
Fill us with the joy of this season!
Fill us with the joy Mary and Elizabeth felt
when they reunited after Mary was told
that Elizabeth, long considered barren, was with child.
The baby Elizabeth was carrying,
who would be known as John the Baptist,
“leaped for joy” in his mother’s womb
when she heard Mary’s greeting.
Elizabeth declared Mary “blessed,”
for she had believed that what was spoken to her
“by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
Help us believe that Your promises to us
have been fulfilled in Jesus.
May we rejoice in Him. Amen.
Father Alex Steinmiller, CP, shares his thoughts on the readings today. He is a member of the Passionist Community in Detroit, Michigan.
A Thought for Joy
O God who calls us to love and to serve,
keep us faithful this Advent, so that like Joseph
we may protect and nourish the Christ Child within all people.
–Caryll Houselander, A Child in Winter, pg. 56
Call to Action:
Tonight, make your meal deliberately simple. A vegetarian soup and bread, for example, or beans and rice. As you eat it, pray for those around the world who are hungry. After dinner, go online and donate to Bread for the World. http://Bread.org