A Prayer of Hope

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 11/27/2014

in Advent

First Sunday of Advent–Cycle B
November 30, 2014

“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down…”
(Isaiah 63:19b)

A Prayer of Hope

Like an explosion of a volcano, our spirit explodes with desires and longings
for your promised return.
To satisfy these longings, we pray, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down.”
We await your return. We invite, we watch, we wait with great expectation.

We have gathered the graces you have so generously poured upon us. We have placed them in our hearts to welcome you. Come.
“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down.”

Meet us doing the good your Holy Spirit has inspired within us.
Do not remain hidden from us. Show us your face. Come.

“O, Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are the work of your hands.” (Isaiah 64:7)

We are your vessels of election.
We are the clay in your hands, O Creative Potter.
Clay on Your Potter’s wheel
Pounded, kneaded
Set awhirl – Spinning
Formed by Your Artist hands.
Molded, shaped, re-shaped (in the spin)
Watered into workableness (by saltwater tears)
Fired, baked to desert dryness,
Your vessel of election.

We await your return. We invite, we watch, we wait with great expectation. Amen.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why doesn’t Advent get as much attention as Halloween and Christmas?
  2. What are we waiting and watching for as adults?
  3. Why are children waiting during Advent?
  4. What might you expect when you sit at a potter’s wheel?
  5. Why is there much hope during the holy seasons of Advent and Christmas?
  6. Who might be most in need during these seasons?
  7. Is your parish doing anything special during the season of Advent?
  8. What do you plan to do? (besides go Christmas shopping!)

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