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Dec 11

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Wooden cross over a sunset

Christmas and the Cross

As we close out our second week of Advent, deep in the silence of the season, we find Jesus talking about the suffering that is to come at the hands of those who do not understand, cannot recognize God in their midst. And so, again, we find ourselves anticipating a focus on the events of Christmas with Scripture turned squarely toward Calvary. It is a reminder to us that we do not prepare simply to celebrate the birth of a babe in a manger but to welcome the moment God broke into our world by sending His own Son to die for our sins. As we inch our way toward Bethlehem, we’ve got Jerusalem in the distance. The two cannot be separated. Can we recognize God in our midst today?

Today’s Readings

How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is equal to yours? You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses. -Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11

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