Take time each morning or evening to reflect on one or two of the words in the picture. What does it mean in your life today? How are you living it?
Read the Infancy Narratives: Matthew, chapters 1 and 2, Luke, chapters 1 and 2.
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CCC 523St. John the Baptist is the Lord's immediate precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare his way. "Prophet of the Most High," John surpasses all the prophets, of whom he is the last. He inaugurates the Gospel, already from his mother's womb welcomes the coming of Christ, and rejoices in being "the friend of the bridegroom," whom he points out as " The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." Going before Jesus "in the spirit and power of Elijah," John bears witness to Christ in his preaching, by his Baptism of conversion, and through his martyrdom. CCC 524 When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: "He must increase, but I must decrease."
If you have small children, help them follow an Advent calendar from Dec. 3rd-Christmas and/or attend the Family Advent Learning Centers following the 10:30am Mass on December 10th.
Attend the Advent and Jazz event put on by Fr. Dan and local Jazz musicians on Dec 10 at 4pm.
Do one special thing for someone each day during Advent in preparation for the 2nd coming of Jesus.