Great Advent message – Parents turn back your hearts to your children…

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Gift: Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.

Reading:  You are destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, To turn back the hearts of parents toward their children, and to re-establish the tribes of Israel.  (Sirach 48:10)

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He said in reply,*Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”  (Matthew 17:11-12)

Observation:  In the first reading and the gospel for today’s Mass, we hear a great message for Advent, as I said in the title for my post today.  Maybe if you just read the first reading today from the book of Sirach and did not hear the message of the Gospel of Matthew, which recounts Jesus’ words about the fact that Elijah had already returned, you could still feel justified, as a parent, in waiting for his return to turn your hearts to your children.  Fortunately, for us, we have Jesus’ words to tell us that we must turn our hearts to our children at this time, because the time has already come when our hearts are turned back to our children.

Personification:  Generosity  It is up to me to decide what I have to give to my children, with the divine inspiration of the holy Spirit to guide me.  I hope that I can display the fruit of generosity today to everyone, especially my children.  Whether that is the time that I will spend with them or the stuff that I will buy them for Christmas, I want to be more giving of myself today.

Prayer:  Lord, as we get closer to the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, help me and my family to stay focused on the real meaning of the incarnation.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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