Advent Retreat – 1

First Sunday of Advent

– You can ponder on the picture. For a method of praying with pictures click button below.
– You can pray on the words of Scripture. For methods of praying with scripture click button below.
– You can follow the suggestions in the daily ‘Reflection’.
– You can listen to the music

Today’s Scripture

Mark 13:33-37 (HSCB)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Be on guard, keep awake.
For you do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man going on a journey,
when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge,
each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.

Therefore stay awake—for you do not know
when the master of the house will come,
in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows,
or in the morning—  lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
And what I say to you I say to all:

Stay awake.”


In these dark days of winter, the call comes to stay awake, to be alert. As Advent begins, the stirrings of a new life begin as we prepare hearts and minds for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.

We are reminded here that the presence of God can come in different ways, at any time, perhaps when we least expect. Perhaps this has been your experience in the past.

As we set out on this journey of Advent, what space are you invited to make in order to be open and alert to God’s presence?

Let us bring to mind and be thankful for the ways we have experienced the light and warmth of God’s presence in our lives.

Today’s Music

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