First Sunday of Advent


 Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

December 3rd – December 9th 2017

 Waiting for God

Jesus said to his disciples: “What I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!” Three times in the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Advent, Jesus gives the command to stay awake – so it must be important! But what does it mean for us? This week we begin a new year in our journey of faith and the danger is that it might simply be the same as the one we are ending. We are no further along the road unless we brighten up. The same is true in your journey of love. One year can easily be the same as the last one and when it is like that you are asleep or half dead. This week is another wake up call for all of us whether we are married or single, priest or religious, living in a family or living alone. It is particularly a call to every faith community to make the year ahead a time of growth to the glory of God.

 Morning Prayer, when together

All powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good

that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming

and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

During the day, when apart

Father, from all you give us

we offer you the gift of our married love.

As we serve you now, accept our offering

and sustain us in our love with your promise of eternal life.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Evening/Night Prayer together

Father, may the intensity of our love

teach us to love heaven.

May its promise and hope

guide our way on earth.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: How could you plan something for each of the four weeks of Advent to enhance the romance in your love?

 For others: This week, thank someone who has enriched your life. When making your card list for Christmas, include people who might get very few greetings.