Thursday, December 9, 2010

Advent reflection -- Dec. 9

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.

“Everyone whose spirit God had stirred . . . got ready to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.” Ezra 1:5

This verse signals the end of the great Babylonian exile, but it can also be read as a description of what we are doing together spiritually. Our spirits too have been stirred; we are deliberately taking a few moments each day to remind ourselves that there is a task before us. It is to go in faith to our inner house of the Lord and to rebuild what parts of it we see as needing care.

Let us pray today for all religious leaders: for ministers, priests, rabbis, imams, and for all who assist them in the ongoing task of making earth and heaven come together. Prayer is stronger than bricks.

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