This reflection is from Loyola Press and meditates on the artwork Mattia Preti’s St. John the Baptist Preaching. Take a few quiet moments to listen and watch the powerful message behind this painting and pray with us.

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Advent Prayer2nd week of Advent
Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!’

Amen.

~Henri J.M. Nouwen