Pray to God, allowing for the transformation of your being and feelings. Give to God what you have found in your heart.
O God, you are the source of all life. You sent your son into the world to be the Light that reflects your love, care and compassion for all creation. You enlighten the hearts of the shepherds in their quest to follow the message of the angels, and caused your reflection to shine on their faces as they beheld your glory in your son, the Babe of Bethlehem. You are the Light that shines in the darkness of this world. You are the light that shines into the dark places of our lives. You are the Light that sees us as we are. You are the Light that judges all. You are the Light that illumines and warms our hearts and leads us from darkness into light.
Make that same Light shine out of us into the world, and let our lives be channels of your love, so that in our waiting this Advent, we may fix our gaze on your brilliance and see ourselves as you see us in the truth that reveals your warmth, which leads into the eternal Light, even Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.
“A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.”
– Fr Kirtley Yearwood
© Birth of Christ, Donald Jackson, 2002. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.