The prophet Isaiah becomes our reliable spiritual guide throughout these weeks of Advent. His words pour God’s overwhelming mercy and goodness into each of our lives. No matter whether Advent 2015 finds me in a personal desert or a vale of great hope, Isaiah reminds me deep down inside that “the Lord binds up the wounds of his people.”
But the call of Advent also pulls us forward: Jesus himself invites us beyond personal needs and concerns to a fuller life of service. Today’s gospel summons us “to cure sickness and disease of every kind.” The reality is that “the gift you have received” we are now invited to “give as a gift.”
Today the Church celebrates the feast of the legendary gift-giver St. Nicholas. In his great-hearted spirit, this first week of Advent invites me to dig deep and give my very best —my time and treasure, an open heart and a generous spirit—sharing mercy, spreading love, announcing good news! And just how will this happen in my life today?
— The Jesuit Prayer Team