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dc.contributor.authorZuegner, Carolen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 9en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the fast-paced and sometimes scary world we live in, a message telling us to have no anxiety can make us stop in our tracks. No anxiety, we might think. What about my job, my family, politics, war, destruction? How can I not be anxious? Today's second reading gives us a bit of a game plan for reducing anxiety, a map for us to find our way as we prepare the birth of Christ.|Rejoice. And then rejoice again. Rejoice always. That's what we often lose when we get caught up in life. We lose the joy of knowing that God loves us and watches over us. Find joy in prayer. Find joy in God's creation. Find God in the people we meet.|Be kind. Sometimes in the rush of life, we forget the power of a smile, a helpful hand, a kind word. The power of a small act of kindness is that that one act can reverberate, sending out ripples of kindness. Life's frustrations often make us want to lash out at people, often not the people we are frustrated with. Perhaps things aren't going as we planned. Embrace the new plan. Find joy and kindness where you didn't expect to find it.|Be thankful. The rush of everyday life often leaves us in a whirl of busy-ness. We do need to accomplish our goals, to create a good life for our families and ourselves. But we can't lose sight of God. A deep breath, a whispered thanks can help ease that anxiety.|Pray. Find the peace of God to "guard your hearts and minds."|In today's Gospel, we get more stops on that map to help us find our way. In the reading from Luke, John the Baptist tells the crowd if they have two cloaks, to give away one. John tells them to be fair and honest and to wait for the one who is coming.|Let's rejoice, be kind, be thankful and pray that we find our way to the peace of Jesus Christ.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Sunday, December 13, 2015: 3rd week in Advent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorZuegner, Mary C.en_US 3en_US
dc.subject.local1Zephania 3:14-18aen_US
dc.subject.local2Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6en_US
dc.subject.local3Philemon 4:4-7en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 3:10-18en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Cen_US

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