NOTE: Throughout the Advent season, we’ll post a reflection on the readings for Holy Days as well as the upcoming Sunday in Advent just a few days before so individuals and groups can reflect in anticipation or incorporate it into their meetings, homilies, etc. The reflection will be available on our homepage through the weekend and then archived on our Advent 2021 webpage.

The reflection below was originally written by Nelson Araque in 2015 for our Advent reflection booklet, The Promise of Light: Reflections for Advent & Christmas 2015.

by Nelson Araque

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16 | Luke 1:67-79

“In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us …
to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78)

In a few hours, we will celebrate Christmas, the glorious feast of the Incarnation. Our family, relatives and friends will surround us. This is the celebration of the birth of the Messiah for which we have been preparing throughout the Advent season. Now is the moment when we need to continue our commitment to the poor and displaced. It is the time when the dawn from on high breaks upon us anew. This Light we call Jesus illumines the darkness and offers life after death. God became flesh and thus restored humanity to the image of the Creator. This is the time for us to take significant action to restore the dignity of every person. So begins anew our determination to do the works of justice and prepare the way for peace.


After Christmas, what specific action will you commit yourself to do to restore justice and peace in your neighborhood or community?

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