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December 1


Monday of the First Week of Advent

  • As the work week begins, remember that Advent is a time to treasure because it's filled with treasures.  You may be tempted to count the shopping days until Christmas or you may be just counting the days until the frenzy is over,.  Either strategy is an opportunity to risk missing the point. Instead, think of Advent as an invitation to a more vibrant practice of your faith.  One way to do that is to reflect on the Mass readings for each day, even if you can't attend daily Mass.  Reflect on the readings for today and consider signing up for USCCB's free daily readings E-mail.  You'll find the sign-up box at the bottom of every daily readings page.*
  • Make Christmas gift lists that include "fair trade" items to support workers in developing countries and low-income communities in the United States. For ideas, visit

  • During Advent, spend a few moments reflecting on the wonder of the incarnation and how you are called to participate in Christ's mission in the world.

  • Today's Jesse Tree Symbol & Reading:
    The ram depicted on today’s ornament is the sacrifice God provided Abraham when he saw Abraham was willing to give up his only son, if that is what God required of him. Read about Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22:1‐19.
    — Anne-Marie Welsh for Faith magazine, published by the Diocese of Erie

*Adapted from The Advent, Christmas, Epiphany Journey by Msgr. Vincent Haut, St. Augustine Catholic courtesy Diocese of St. Augustine

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