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Community Word for December 2017

(WORD, THEMES AND PROMISES)

READINGS
December 3 – Is 63:16-17,19; 64:2-7/ Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/ 1Cor 1:3-9/ Mk 13:33-37 
December 10 – Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14/ 2Pt 3:8-14/ Mk 1:1-8
December 17 – Is 61:1-2, 10-11/Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54/ 1Thes 5:16-24/ Jn 1:6-8, 19-28
December 24 – 2Sm 7:1-5,8-12,14,16/ Ps 89:2-3,4-5,27,29/ Rom 16:25-27/ Lk 1:26-38
December 31 – Sir 3:2-6,12-14/ Ps 105:1-2,3-4,6-7,8-9/ Col 3:12-21/ Lk 2:22-40

COMMUNITY WORD
We celebrate God’s presence in us at all times.

ORDER
“Be watchful! Be alert!” (Mk 13:33a)

PROPHECY:
• All will see My salvation. 
• Follow Me wherever I lead you.

DIRECTION:
• Always seek the Holy Spirit who is our constant help and guide.

THEMES AND PROMISES
Week#1 (1st Sunday of Advent) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us watchful and fully committed to Christ. 
Promise: “He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Cor 1:8)

Week#2 (2nd Sunday of Advent) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us yielded to the power of the Holy Spirit.
Promise: “I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way.” (Mk 1:2)

Week#3 (3rd Sunday in Advent) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us bold enough to lead others to Christ.
Promise: “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it.” (1Thes 5:24)

Week#4 (4th Sunday of Advent) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us ready and willing to respond to His call.
Promise: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you…nothing will be impossible for God.” (Lk 1:35a, 37)

Week#5 (Feast of the Holy Family) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us respectful and obedient to our fathers and mothers.
Promise: “Whoever reveres his father will live a long life; he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.” (Sir 3:6)

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