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  Advent Wreath

Year of Faith: Advent

 

December 20, 2012
by
Cecily Scavicchio
Senior, Elementary/Special Education

 

 

Isaiah 7: 10-14
Psalm 24: 1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
Luke 1: 26-38
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122012.cfm

 

This Old Testament reading speaks of familiar things that, upon reflection, are quite relevant to everyday life. The central theme is signs, either forced or naturally inevitable signs from God. David is assuring Ahaz that God will always send a sign and he need not be afraid or weary. Although at times we are looking for influences in our lives, sometimes it is better to sit back and have faith in the signs we leave up to God and have less control over. They are the most meaningful. 

 

While interpreting this reading, my mind immediately focused on integrity; the idea of being complete and undivided with an adherence to a code of moral values. We must act fairly, honestly, and ethically. This correlates directly with either our expectation to receive signs from God, or allowing them to come naturally. If you are genuine and act with integrity in what you do, God will always send a sign, either good or bad. It is not necessary to force something that is not there.

 

I sometimes find myself looking for a sign or symbol from God for the wrong reasons.  Sometimes I want a definitive answer when I am lost, sometimes I am looking for hope in despair, and sometimes I am searching for support in a decision. A valuable lesson to be learned is when I act with integrity I can accept responsibility whole-heartedly for the consequences of my actions. This may include positive and negative experiences. I believe life is meant to be full of mysteries to be solved and lessons to be learned. In order to achieve this, I feel as though I must act with integrity and be truthful with myself. Luckily, Jesus assures us He has not come for the qualified, righteous, and perfect. Therefore, there is always room for error and mistake. Allow yourself the freedom to live. Have faith in God that He will always send a sign when it is the most meaningful to you.

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