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Pray With Us (weekly reflection)

Reflection for December 17, 2017
 Third Sunday of Advent

First Reading: Isaiah 61: 1-2, 10-11
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24
Gospel: John 1: 6-8

Reflection     
"I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, 'make straight the way of the Lord.'"  John the Baptist was called by God to "prepare the way."  Through Baptism, each of us is called by God to prepare the way.  How is God using you, your gifts and talents, to further the Kingdom of God?  Are you willing to freely share the gifts and talents God has given you or do you protect them and keep them hidden?  Do you recognize and receive the gifts of others?  John's mission was not an easy one; he was questioned, persecuted, and even beheaded.  He remained faithful to the mission/ministry placed before him even when it became difficult.  In this third week of Advent, take some time to reflect on the ways in which you are being called to be a voice crying out in the desert.


Prayer
Gracious and loving God, open our ears that we may hear clearly the ministry to which you are calling.  Open our eyes that we may see more clearly those most in need of our service.  Like John the Baptist, help us to persevere when society challenges and questions who we are.  Open our lips that we might respond, "make straight the way of the Lord."  In Jesus' name, we pray.  Amen.

Jane Schaefer, Associate