Pray this each day, whether or not you are employed.
O God, Father of us all, You bestow on us gifts and talents to develop and use in accord with your Will and to advance your kingdom on earth. Grant to me, through the intercession of Saint Joseph, the man chosen by God to care for you in your childhood and youth, employment and work that I may with dignity provide for my family. Grant me the opportunities to use my energy and abilities for the good of those who depend upon me for care and support. You placed me in charge of this family. I beseech your assistance in helping me provide for them as you would have me do. You are our God and head of this family. Amen
How many times each day do you and I make decisions based on how God sees it compared to what “wins” for me? I’m reminded how in Matthew Kelly’s book Rediscovering Catholicismhe shares a story something like how a family was relocated due to a temporary job transfer, so they decided to rent out their house while they were out of town.
When it came time for them to return they knew that the renters were in financial hardship due to employment changes. To avoid causing more hardship on the renters, this family paid to rent another house a block away from their own which cost them to do this, in addition to the renters not being able to pay their rent. Once the renters regained their employment several months later, this family moved back into their own house. Kelly calls this “the Catholic way”.
People in our culture don’t want to hear that you are a Catholic. They want to experience what an authentic Catholic is. Every decision that you make, and action that you example, affects another person’s life one way or another. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas.
It is a time to “stay awake” and seek how God wants you to be an example of your relationship with Him and His Word while we await His return. It is a time to consider how you (and I) will demonstrate until then unconditional love to help each other make it through life … even if it costs you.
Are you in God’s will or in God’s way?
In the midst of the increasingly hurried, materialistic and stressful pace of the season, Advent is a graced time to slow down and pause in awareness of our more deeper longings. To find more deeply who we are as a person, and the man that God calls us to be.
The readings and prayers of Advent attune and orient our hearts and minds to welcome Jesus, the one sent by God to reconcile the world to friendship with God. The Holy Spirit’s gentle voice rouses us from the distractions and indifference of the world to spiritual alertness so we can respond to Jesus’ call to meet Him in His work.