Advent Week 3
Week of Joy
In this third week of advent, let’s allow our souls to rejoice in the gift of joy that comes from giving our lives to the Lord.
December 13, 2020
In all seasons of life, we can choose to be filled with joy because of Christ’s birth, life and ultimate sacrifice, which promises us eternal life. We can all learn from the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, who, from her son’s birth all the way to his death, remained filled with faith and joy, always trusting in God’s plan.
December 14, 2020
Today’s Saint of the Day is Saint John of the Cross. Saint John’s life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of the Cross.” In his life and writings, John of the Cross has a crucial word for us today. We tend to be rich, soft, comfortable. We shrink even from words like self-denial, mortification, purification, asceticism, discipline. We run from the cross. John’s message—like the Gospel—is loud and clear: Don’t—if you really want to live!
December 15, 2020
One of the best ways to love others and spread joy is through giving. The more you give: of yourself, your time, your attention, your affection, your patience, your treasure, the list goes on... the more you demonstrate your love to others.
December 16, 2020
Mother Teresa was known for having an incredible heart for others, truly serving others and bringing joy to their lives. She grounded her joy in Jesus and his love for us all.
December 17, 2020
The integral part of sharing in joy is bringing that to others. Joy is infectious, spreading happiness from person to person. And because a compliment goes a long way, you’ll be amazed at how something as simple as this can bring joy that lasts all day.
December 18, 2020
Psalms 104:33 says, “I will sing to the LORD all my life. I will sing praise to my God while I live.” Let’s show our love and appreciation to the God that made us, celebrating Christmas well.
December 19, 2020
We hope you have some time to gather around the table with a small group of those you love, spending quality time in fellowship with one another. As you do so, keep in mind what 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”