Thursday, December 12, 2019

Day 5 - December 12, 2019

Day Five - Fourth Reflection

Do we joyfully "give flesh" to the Gospel in our relationships with others?

Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15.7)

Do I hide behind social media instead of creating face-to-face relationships?
Have I developed patterns or judging or blaming people or giving criticism that is not meant to be helpful?
Am I hurtful toward others in actions, thoughts or words?
Do I judge or criticize people who are different from me?

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus. (Romans 15.5)

In my family, do I communicate my love and care in a sincere and direct way?
Do I allow others in my family circle to grow into the people God created them to be?
Do I celebrate the success of family members without jealousy or envy?

That with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15.6)

In my own way, do I consciously strive to make peace a reality, to embody peace in the world around me?
Do I use my gifts and talents to work for justice?

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.  (Isaiah 61.1)

Do I help fill the essential needs of others , as Jesus did?
Do I feed the hungry and give water to those who thirst?
Do I clothe the naked? Do I visit the sick and the imprisoned?
Do I help provide shelter for the homeless?
Do I assist and protect those in their last days of life?
Do I support public policies which aid the vulnerable, poor, and marginalized?

In what way(s) could I improve my relationships with others this Advent?

Advent Prayer

We thank you and praise you, Word-Made-Flesh,
for your presence within us, around us, and through us;
for making our world a hallowed, holy place,
for giving a human touch to grace.
Fill our hearts with joy as we enter into the celebration of your birth,
as we welcome you once again,
and as we joyfully await your final coming in glory!
Adapted from Joyfully We Wait--An Advent Examination of Conscience.
Copyright by Twenty Third Publications.
Used with Permission

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