Monday, December 6, 2010

Advent reflection -- Dec. 6

This is today’s reflection from “How Far Is It to Bethlehem? A Spiritual Guide for Advent 2010” by Sr. Carol Perry, S.U., for Marble Collegiate Church.

“Wherever you go, I will go.” Ruth 1:16

Ruth, an ancestor of Jesus, is found in Matthew’s genealogy. Everything is against her, humanly speaking. She is from an enemy people, she is widowed with little hope of remarriage, and she is poor. All of this gets swept up into the plan of God. Three chapters later she is in Bethlehem, married to a landed Israelite and ready to birth their son. Ruth is a shining example of how God can use human situations to bring forth something new.

Let us pray for all those who are outsiders because of race, religion or circumstances. Let us ask that they might find their way inside to be welcomed by us.

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