First Sunday of Advent 2015

"The Door of Mercy" Painting: Ronald Raab, CSC 2015

“The Door of Mercy”
Painting: Ronald Raab, CSC 2015

Advent is here already. The yearning of the ancient people for a Messiah becomes our story once again. We start the story of Jesus so that longing may transform our hearts, in our time and place, in our generation.  We hear in Luke’s Gospel, “…Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap…”

We have had a violent month in our city of Colorado Springs. Two different shootings have roused great fear on our streets. Here is an article from NBC about the shootings on Friday. 

We begin the Year of Mercy on December 8. In this Advent, let us beg God for peace. Let us take the Year of Mercy to heart. Let us be doers of the peace we seek. Let us be slow to judge and quick to pray.


Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;

the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;

made Peter weep after his betrayal,

and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:

“If you knew the gift of God!”


You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:

let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness

in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:

let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.


Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,

so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,

proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,

and restore sight to the blind.


We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of

Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and



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