Bethlehem was the destination of Mary and Joseph, not because of some lofty motive but because the circumstances of the time, a census, brought them. Jesus’ first resting place was a manger, a feeding trough for animals, in a town called “place of Bread,” both descriptive of His mission to us. When we look around […]
Sisters of the Living Word and Associates share their daily reflections for each day of Advent.
M & Ms and Christmas Eve? A red or green one could remind us to discern both the Message and Mission the Holy Spirit planted in each Scripture passage… In 2 Samuel, “…that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan…” changing David’s dreams, showing God’s even greater plans, right up to […]
Mary was just a teenager and newly pregnant, yet she went to visit her elderly cousin Elizabeth. She listened to the words of the angel and did not hesitate. This was a trip of over eighty miles. She had told no one; however Elizabeth greeted her with the knowledge of her pregnancy and that the […]
Today our first reading gives us part of Hannah’s story. Earlier in her story, she prayed, “weeping copiously,” asking God for a male child. Eli, who saw only her mouth moving, accuses her of being drunk, but Hannah explains. Eli was attentive and listened, blessed her, and asked God to grant her request. Now we […]
These Scriptures and the Living Word Call to Attentive Listening are rich in their invitation and challenge TO BE AWARE OF EACH PERSON. Note the very active verbs in these readings. They can fill us with gratitude for the years when we were still able to leap and skip and bound—and now to slow down, […]