Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 16

December 17
Day 16: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: “Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money. We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us….Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives.” -Pope Benedict XVI

Challenge:  Christmas day is a week from tomorrow!  This week, let’s prepare our hearts a little deeper to receive our Lord.  Today, how can you “communicate this joy” a tad more?  Who can you forgive?  Who has God presented to you to help or offer some kindness?  In so doing, thank Him for the opportunity to serve and love just a drop more!

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