Reflection for Christmas 2021 by Eve Laurito
Christmas Reflection on the Gospel of John
In this Gospel passage John is talking about the coming of Jesus as the coming of light into the world. Jesus is the light of the world. We hear this all the time but what does it really mean? It means that Jesus came into the world to be a light for us all and in us all. But before he came there was a lot of preparation to do. John writes about how he was sent to the world to be a source of the light Jesus gives off. John and the other gospel writers and apostles were beacons for all the light Jesus has to provide for us. But we also had to provide for him. He was human and Jesus, like any other human being, can’t exist without the support of others. He was an outcast but with the support of his followers he was able to create miracles and get people to believe in the faith.
This week's reflection is by Eve Laurito, Merion Mercy Academy Class of 2025.
Reflection for Sunday December 19, 2021 By Nora Furletti
Gospel Reading: Lk 1:39-45
This Sunday’s Gospel tells the story of the Visitation, when Mary visits Elizabeth while pregnant with Jesus. John the Baptist, who is in Elizabeth’s womb, leaps for joy when Mary and Jesus come near. By being in Jesus’ presence, John and Elizabeth immediately become joyful. Jesus’ divine presence is able to be felt even before he was born. As we approach the last week of advent, we should do our best to prepare ourselves for Christmas and be joyful in Jesus’ presence, during Mass or in prayer. How can we praise God in our everyday lives? What things can we be joyful about this Christmas?
This week's reflection is written by Nora, a senior at Mount Saint Joseph Academy.
Reflection for Sunday December 5, 2021 By Cait Plover
Gospel Reading: Lk 3:1-6
In this week’s Gospel passage, God speaks to John the Baptist through the words of the prophet Isaiah, telling John that He will send someone to save His people. This passage is very fitting for the second week of Advent, as this week represents the prophecies that foretold the coming of Jesus. John says in the passage that “every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low… and all flesh will see the salvation of God.” God loves us and wants the best for all of us. This Advent, we are called to repent for our sins and become better people. What is something you want to repent for?
Cait is in 9th grade at Little Flower High School
Reflection for Sunday December 12, 2021
Gospel Reading: Lk 3:10-18
What should we do? This question is asked three times to John the Baptist in this Sunday’s Gospel. It is asked by the crowds, by tax collectors, and by soldiers following the preaching of baptism. John gives a general answer as well as more specific instructions to the inquirers. Another way to ask the question is “How should we act?”. Advent is a time to reflect on the way we live in order to conform our lives more closely to Christ. Like Lent, it consists of taking on new practices, letting go of harmful ones, and entering into deeper conversion. God invites us to examine our actions as well as our thoughts and intentions. Are we making room for Christ in our lives? Are there things that we need to let go of or things that God is inviting us to do? We are all called to ask God regularly, “What must we do?”.
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