First Sunday of Advent
Saint of the day
Saint James of the Marche (1391-1476)
Saint James was born in the Marche of Ancona in Italy. He attended the University of Perugia, where he attained doctorates in canon law and civil law. After he earned his degrees, he felt called to join the Franciscans and live a very disciplined life. This austerity included fasting for nine months of the year and sleeping only three hours per night. He continued his education by studying theology with Saint John of Capristrano. James was ordained and began his ministry as a successful preacher. He converted many to the Catholic faith and facilitated the spread of the devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. James founded "montes pietatis," or nonprofit credit establishments, that loaned money to the poor at very low interest rates. Some people were unhappy with James's ministry. There were two assassination plots against him, but both assassins lost their will to kill when they came face to face with him. Saint James of the Marche was canonized in 1726.
How can you use your gifts and talents to help others and spread the Good News? Saint James used his education, faithful example, and leadership skills to spread God's message. Spend a few minutes reflecting on your gifts and talents. Ask the Lord to help you share them with others to build his Kingdom.
Holy Spirit, you bless us with gifts and talents to be used for God’s Kingdom. Help me to focus on my own gifts and how I can use them to make God’s Kingdom grow and multiply. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Advent
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Violet
Reading I: Jer 33:14-16
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
Reading II: 1 Thes 3:12—4:2
Alleluia: Ps 85:8
Gospel: Lk 21:25-28, 34-36View complete readings on USCCB.org