Daily Reflection: December 16, 2011

Friday of the third week of Advent

Is 56:1-3a, 6-8

Ps 67:2-3, 5, 7-8

Jn 5:33-36

The readings for the day can be found here.


As the St. Louis weather turns to cold, the nighttime comes sooner, and classes prepare for final exams, the winter brings with it a calm as Christians wait for the birth of their Savior. Today, we find ourselves in the heart of the Advent season. As a Catholic growing up, we would spend this season preparing things for the coming of Christ: decorating the Church, practicing our songs for the Christmas Eve celebration, and discussing how well we had behaved anticipating desired gifts. Although cute and memorable, all of these actions point to a deeper reality of the Advent season: true preparation for the coming of Christ must be active. In anticipating Christ’s coming, we cannot sit idly by counting down the days; we must constantly work to better this world.

In today’s First Reading, the Lord says, “do what is just.” As people of faith, we must remember that preparation is not talking about what is just or sitting around waiting for others to do what is just, it is actively doing the work of the Lord. This Advent season gives us a chance to ‘prepare’ the world for our God. It gives us a chance to constantly strive for better relationships, to use every day as an opportunity to improve ourselves, and to always remember those who are most in need.

It is my hope you will use this holiday season to prepare for Christ’s coming by living the vision of Christ throughout your life. And, in so doing, have a very merry Christmas!


Matthew Ryan is the Student Government Association President.  He is a junior studying Public Health and Economics.

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