from Pax Christi France
Pax Christi France has put together a series of prayers and reflections for the weeks of Advent. Each Saturday, we’ll post those reflections on the blog for the upcoming Sunday. You can download the entire resource at this link in French.
Second Sunday of Advent, 9 December 2018
A voice cries in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord” (Luke 3:1)
Extract from the letter of Pope Francis
“The wisdom of faith feeds this contemplative gaze that recognises that we all belong to one family, migrants and the local population who welcome them, and all have the same right to benefit from the goods of the earth, whose destination is universal, as the doctrine of the Church teaches. It is here that solidarity and sharing are based. These words send us back to the image of the new Jerusalem. The prophet Isaiah and the Apocalypse describe it as a city whose doors are always open, in order to let in people of all nations. Peace is the ruler who guides it and justice the principle that governs the coexistence of all within it.
“It also brings us to a contemplative look at the city where we live, that is to say, a look of faith that discovers this God who lives in these houses, in these streets, in these squares, by promoting solidarity, community, desire for good, truth, justice …”
- What is the new Jerusalem for me?
- We all belong to one family. How can I open my family and my house to welcome others?
- What do the words ‘solidarity’ and ‘sharing’ mean to me? Let’s prepare the way of the Lord.
- Do we know how to contemplate the work of God in the city, the neighbourhood where we live?
God, Parent of all, all cultures and all origins,
Look at our world separated by borders, torn by wars,
Disfigured by hunger and injustice, divided by our fears and prejudices.
So many migrants roam in search of a better future.
In Jesus Christ, you have come to reveal humanity, you have sown friendship and trust in our hearts.
You showed us the way of sharing and meeting,
You opened our eyes to recognise our brothers and sisters.
Fill us with your Spirit so that we live like your children,
United in the diversity of our cultures.
May your Kingdom come, reign of peace, justice and community
For all the peoples of the earth.
For deeper consideration
- Let us be aware of what is happening in our city and in our neighbourhood regarding the reception of refugees. Let us be open and listen to their lives and their difficulties.
- Let us create or participate in a prayer group for peace and community among peoples.
- Let us open our homes to welcome a young person or a family on the day or the evening of Christmas, with simplicity, sharing and generosity.