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November 29, 2015: First Sunday of Advent

AdventJesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:25-28, 34-36)


Today is the First Sunday of Advent. We light the first candle on the Advent wreath signaling the first of four weeks leading up Christmas. The gospel today speaks about being ready for Christ’s coming. Advent stirs our hearts to look deeper and reflect on our relationship with Jesus.


What are some things we can do to ready ourselves? How can we grow spiritually during this holy season of Advent? Takes some quiet time each day during this Advent season to ask yourself how Jesus has been a part of your day. Reflect on your answer.

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Connie Schnapf

Providence Associate Connie Schnapf is a wife, mother and grandmother. She worked for nearly 30 years as a parish director of religious education. She currently works part time at WNIN Public Radio and TV as their receptionist and continues to offer spiritual direction to others. Connie and her husband live in Newburgh, Indiana.

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