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30 November

Advent is a time when, as a Church, we journey together and realise our need for the Lord to save us. It is the same plea of the disciples to a sleeping Jesus on the storm-torn Sea of Gallilee: ‘Save us Lord we are going down’ Matthew 8:25). We all have our personal storms, where we tend to feel God is asleep in the middle of the messiness and mayhem of our lives. Our Church has been navigating a seemingly endless journey through choppy waters.

Advent celebrates God’s power to awaken us, rescue us and save us. God’s outstretched arm is an image throughout the Bible. That outstretched arm is extended and firmly nailed to a cross in a selfless, saving action for the whole world. We pray and proclaim during Mass after the consecration, ‘Save us Saviour of the world’. Make it an Advent prayer for you.

Excerpted from Alert Aware Attentive: Advent Reflections by John Cullen