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THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT, DECEMBER 02, 2021



Responsorial Psalm 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a


R. (26a) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his mercy endures forever.

It is better to take refuge in the LORD

than to trust in man.

It is better to take refuge in the LORD

than to trust in princes.

R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Open to me the gates of justice;

I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.

This gate is the LORD’s;

the just shall enter it.

I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me

and have been my savior.

R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

O LORD, grant salvation!

O LORD, grant prosperity!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;

we bless you from the house of the LORD.

The LORD is God, and he has given us light.

R. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.


REFLECTION:

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."


To wait for something we really want is one of the hardest things we can do.


We are about 23 days away from celebrating the birth of Our Savior, and we want Christmas to be here now. There have been Christmas decorations at the mall since Halloween. Christmas songs playing on the radio. Even Christmas decorations went up earlier than ever this year.


We are anxious to have a good time. How are we using this time of Advent in order to receive Him?


In the middle of the unavoidable hustle and bustle of this season, let us take time to spend it in quiet meditation as preparation for His Birth: waking up a few earlier minutes to pray. Visit Our Lord in the Tabernacle. Stop and listen to the words of a good song, like "What a Wonderful World" from Louis Armstrong. Read a good spiritual uplifting book or booklet: we at PAPA have many "Top Secret" booklets that touch in many aspects of spiritual life, etc.


Let us properly prepare that inn inside our hearts for this joyous occasion of His Birth, and the upcoming Christmas Season.


God bless y'all!

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