Read these scriptures today in celebration of Advent:

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

Isaiah 40:1-11

John 1:19-28

For centuries, these have been the passages that have been read in what is called “Year A” of the advent calendar. Rather than counting down to Christmas with an eye toward gifts or by marking a calendar that has candy – I invite you this year to celebrate along with the Church universal by reading the scriptures, praying in expectation, and daily doing something kind for another person. Before Christ, there was always an air of expectation, of waiting for the Promised Anointed One who was yet to come. Let’s live in that kind of expectation this year – awaiting the arrival of the Hope of Nations!