Believe it or not, we are once again preparing to enter into the season of Advent in just a few short weeks! As always, it is a privilege to walk that journey with you here at Catechist’s Journey. This year, Advent begins on Sunday, December 2, 2018, and we enter into Year C of the Lectionary cycle, which means that we will primarily be hearing the Good News according to St. Luke. Here are the Sunday Scripture readings for each Sunday of Advent this year:
- First Sunday of Advent—December 2, 2018
- Second Sunday of Advent—December 9, 2018
- Third Sunday of Advent—December 16, 2018
- Fourth Sunday of Advent—December 23, 2018.
To help you get a better grasp on the themes of each Sunday’s Scripture readings, I will be offering a series of weekly posts beginning on Thursday, November 29 (through December 20), and I will be emphasizing the theme of “rescue.” As I read through and reflected on the Scripture readings for the Sundays of Advent this year, I thought of the image of a group of castaways shipwrecked on a deserted island, feeling hopeless and abandoned. The Scripture readings provide us with a four-step plan for being “rescued” from the perils of this life and the evils that swirl around us. I look forward to sharing these insights with you as you, in turn, prepare to journey with those you teach.
Join me, as together we reflect during the Advent season on how we have been, are being, and will continue to be rescued by our Savior, Jesus Christ!
As always, Loyola Press is making available a plethora of resources for the Advent season, which you can access here. These resources include background on the liturgical season, an Advent e-mail series, activities and prayers, Arts & Faith: Advent, Advent books, Advent calendars, and materials on the Jesse Tree.