and calligraphy by Donald Jackson, The Gospel According to Matthew, The St.
John’s Bible, (Collegeville, MN: The Order of Saint Benedict, Liturgical
of God are to watch for the coming of the Lord. They are to be ready for the
unexpected, and readiness takes preparation. Think of the unexpected ways the
Lord appears in our lives. To watch means to live in expectation. How does such
anticipation affect the routine course of the day? In Noah’s day a flood overtook
the people and swept them away. Watch and be ready!
let us be about our preparations for a new advent of love among us,
The wastelands of life
around us cannot shut out the promise of life-giving water.
and warfare, injustice and suffering, are not the last word, for they are not
We hear again the
promise of peace, coming in the one who lived Shalom among all people.
see again the light God promises in the midst of our darkness.
We are feeling again the
joy that comes through partnership in the gospel.
our worship recall us to what is centered in life; to the One who gives us
breath and purpose in life.
Let us worship God!
of the Day
Let us pray.
The day is coming, O Lord, when people will say, “Come, let us
go up to the mountain of the Lord, that you may teach us your ways and we may
walk in your paths. As swords are beaten into plowshares and spears into
pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall
they learn war anymore.” In anticipation of the shalom Christ brings to all
people we come now before your throne of grace to give you our praise and