Abound in Love

Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent by FAN Board Member, Br. Paul Crawford, OFM, Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our November 26th newsletter


LoveMakesAmericaGreat“The days are coming, …May the Lord make you increase and abound in love,…for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

In this week’s first reading we are reminded that God’s plan and will for us as a person and as a people will prevail. Now, that really is Good News! Because far to often in our time and in our lives it really takes Faith and Trust in God to believe this, in spite of what we see and hear around us.

This past week I, along with so many others, spent time traveling to be with family and friends for Thanksgiving and/or hosted family and friends. Many of us used our time, talent, and treasures to do so and took on more anxiety, work, and perhaps even stress to do so. Some of us were even able to go beyond our comfort zone by sharing the gift of hospitality to help others have a time of welcome and acceptance into our homes and lives.

As we hear in the second reading, “May the Lord make you abound in love for one another and for all.” Hopefully we can extend a day to a season of Preparing for the Lord to come afresh into our hearts and lives. Doing good deeds, being kinder, accepting the stranger and encouraging others to become a sign of God’s Love in and through service to others.

This is what Advent is about, preparing, changing our hearts and embracing God’s call to abound in love.

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.
FAN Board Member

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