November 22, 2022
by Angela Maynard
Creighton University's Student Health Services - retired
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The Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
Lectionary: 504

Revelation 14:14-19
Psalm 96:10, 11-12, 13
Luke 21:5-11

Praying Ordinary Time

St. Cecilia


Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

Praying Advent 2022-23 - Resources for Year A/II

As I read today’s gospel, I felt like I was reading the newspaper, or listening to a news broadcast.  There was description of violence and war.  Sadly, this is a reality in many parts of the world.  There are battles going on in various parts of the globe not to mention hunger, natural disaster and interpersonal violence. Jesus warns us of what is to come and adds that there may be temptation to follow others.  I believe some of those coming in Jesus’ may not actually be people, but inanimate objects such as greed, and power.  These factors often to lead to conflict.  In the midst of the awful, we are reminded that Jesus is our beloved teacher and savior.

As Advent approaches and we prepare for the birth of Jesus, there is no better time than now to examine our relationship with Him. If we find ourselves lost in the busyness of everyday, or have misplaced our priorities, it’s time for a fresh start. Take advantage of the Advent season to prepare for a renewal of our relationship with Jesus.  The birth of our savior provides a wonderful opportunity to renew our relationship with our Lord.

I plan to work diligently on preparing myself for Jesus’ birthday.  There will be events at places of worship that can help with preparation.  Consider this a nudge to take some time to prioritize your relationship with Jesus amidst the celebrations of the season.  Take time to examine priorities.

Today, we remember St. Cecilia.  She is the patroness of music.  St. Cecilia’s life can serve as a model of one who had her priorities in order and maintained a close relationship with Jesus.  She was instrumental in the conversion of her brother and brother-in-law.  Sources say that she was able to convert over four hundred people.  For this, she was arrested and condemned to death.

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