Sunday, December 2 – First Sunday of Advent Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7; Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; and Mark 13:33-37 Mrs. Kate Phenicie, Spiritual Life Director God's Faithfulness I experienced a great moment of irony last week at Mass; I was super distracted and feeling overwhelmed and I spent the entire time singing the Gloria, not thinking about the words, but worrying about something that now seems completely irrational and out of place. But during a time of prayer when I should have been meditating on God’s greatness and His faithfulness, instead I was focusing on worst case scenarios and things that were not things I should allow to consume myself. As I go into this season of Advent, I am trying to enter with the idea of trusting in God’s faithfulness: that He always has been faithful and always will be faithful. This is the theme of the readings this weekend. In a time when the Israelites had seemingly lost everything – their land, their Temple, their hope – the prophet Jeremiah gives them some peace. He speaks promises of safety and security, which God continues to give us each day today, but how often we overlook these consolations! Jesus tells us in the Gospel to stay alert (I think He is speaking to me when He says, “Do not become drowsy…by the anxieties of life”). We need to be alert for His presence in our lives every day; this is one of the ways He comes to us in Advent. As we journey toward His coming at Christmas, try to find Him every day in the small and big blessings of life.