December 4, 2022

Hand reaching out to the sky

Be On God’s Side

In our personal lives and in our politics, let us strive to follow God’s way rather than our own self-interests. Let’s put the common good—God’s realm of Shalom—ahead of power and politics.

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Advent Is Construction Season

The call of Advent is clear. From both the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist, we hear, “Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah was writing to the people exiled far from their homeland. John the Baptist was talking to people who had lost their way in a tangle of politics and religion. In our own lives, we hear this call as well. We all have some roadwork to do in our souls. We might say Advent is construction season.

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Sunday Soundbite for December 4, 2022

We need the prophetic “wake-up call” of John the Baptist in today’s Gospel to summon us to conversion. We need to welcome God’s grace and power in order to become part of God’s dream.

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