Isaiah, Family Faith Focus 3 December. Sunday Advent 1B

3rd December.  Sunday Advent 1B Isaiah.  Today, the 1st Advent candle is lit.  People were beginning to prepare for the holidays and Fr Teddy reminded them not to forget about Christ and Christmas while they were away.  Mabel and Joseph were still alone in the family home as holidays had not quite started.    After the 1st reading from Isaiah Mabel commented, “It is interesting how Isaiah dialogues with God.  He doesn’t blame God but states the facts.   We don’t call on God, but God also has left us to our own devices.   And yet, he concludes that God is the potter and we are the clay.   So there is a need for both of us to be together.”   Joseph added,  “That is how it is with us and our children.   We moulded them and now have to leave them to do their own thing as they grow up.  But still when they come here during holiday time I do feel as if we have some influence still.   Thank God for that.   We must prepare well and be ready when the time comes.”

There is no one that calls upon your name.   You have hidden your face from us and have delivered us into the hands of our sins.   Yet, O lord, you are our Father, we are the clay and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Is 64:3b-8.  

Pope Francis:  The family is the first school of human values where we learn the wise use of freedom.   Certain inclinations develop in childhood and become so deeply rooted that they remain throughout life, as attractions to a particular value or a repugnance to a certain way of acting.  AL 274

Reflect, share and pray.   Share with one another on the value of moulding and shaping.  Is that always a good thing?

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