Advent 2009

December 5 – Saturday of the first week in Advent

Today's thought

They were sitting close after the children had gone to bed.  And, as they enjoyed a glass of wine together, they gladly talked about their little brood of three. 

“What do you want most for them”, the woman mused to her husband. “Most of all that they have empathy for others, that’s what I want for them,” he answered.

Just then the woman knew again how deeply she was loved.



And when he saw the crowds Jesus felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest’.
- Matthew 9:36-37


Loving God, you have made the human heart capable of feeling and understanding. Through your love and the love of all who surround us, break our hearts open for compassion.  Help us to enable, nurture and encourage those whom we meet. We ask you this through the one who shepherds us, Christ the Lord. Amen.

Poetry extract 

When did you lose your eyes and ears, when did taste
Buds cease to tremble …?
- From “Little boy, I miss you” by James Kavanaugh