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December 03, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Mt 13: 33-37

Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

May He Not Find You Sleeping

There’s been a lot of research indicating we’re not getting enough sleep. The accelerated pace of our plugged-in lives only exacerbates the lingering anxiety that we’re falling behind - or missing out on something big. For most of us, this race toward Christmas means kicking up the pace several notches. So much to do…

It doesn’t have to be this way! What if we were to practice “Staying Awake” this Advent by, ironically, ensuring that we get enough sleep? I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to burning the Advent candles at both ends. But I can imagine Jesus wanting a different kind of Advent for us this year – one where we actually have time to take a nap, reflect, and sink deep into prayer.

Christ calls us to practice the Examen, to make tough choices, to cut out what’s unnecessary - to watch for what wakes us up inside!

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ, is a retreat master, writer, and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL. His weekly video reflections can be seen at heartoheart.org

 

 

 

 

Prayer

Silent night, holy night! All is calm. All is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace!

—Joseph Mohr

 

 

 


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December 03, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Mt 13: 33-37

Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

May He Not Find You Sleeping

There’s been a lot of research indicating we’re not getting enough sleep. The accelerated pace of our plugged-in lives only exacerbates the lingering anxiety that we’re falling behind - or missing out on something big. For most of us, this race toward Christmas means kicking up the pace several notches. So much to do…

It doesn’t have to be this way! What if we were to practice “Staying Awake” this Advent by, ironically, ensuring that we get enough sleep? I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to burning the Advent candles at both ends. But I can imagine Jesus wanting a different kind of Advent for us this year – one where we actually have time to take a nap, reflect, and sink deep into prayer.

Christ calls us to practice the Examen, to make tough choices, to cut out what’s unnecessary - to watch for what wakes us up inside!

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ, is a retreat master, writer, and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL. His weekly video reflections can be seen at heartoheart.org

 

 

 

 

Prayer

Silent night, holy night! All is calm. All is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace!

—Joseph Mohr

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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