First Sunday of Advent
Saint of the day
Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani (1681-1742)
Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani was born in Lucera, Italy. He was a very devout child and entered the order of Conventual Franciscans, taking the name Francis. He was ordained 10 years later and taught philosophy to younger friars in the order, served as guardian of the friary, became the master of novices, and finally became the pastor of his hometown. Francesco was very loving, pious, and repentant in all that he did. He became a popular confessor and preacher. Francesco was a devoted advocate of the poor, and humble enough to seek aid from his sponsors when needed. He was a mystic who enjoyed a profound prayer life and supernatural gifts, such as levitation during prayer. It is said that upon his death the children of the town ran through the streets shouting, "The saint is dead! The saint is dead!" Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani was canonized in 1986.
In our society, having less and seeking aid when we need it are often looked down on. However, we should never be embarrassed to seek help when we need it, or to give help to those looking for it. Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani was a very devoted advocate of the poor, and wasn't afraid to ask others for help when he needed to gather food and resources for the hungry. What can you do to minister to the poor? Ask the Lord to help you find opportunities to minister to the needy, and to never be embarrassed to ask for assistance when you need it.
O God who loves the humble, remind me to do good deeds each day and also to never put others down. Jesus made it clear that I do not need to compare myself to others to deserve your love. I already have it. (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 1: Is 2:1-5
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 122: 1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Reading 2: Rom 13:11-14
Alleluia: Cf. Ps 85:8
Gospel: Mt 24:37-44View complete readings on USCCB.org