This week was the second gathering of the four week Advent Retreat in Daily Living I’m giving at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Our theme for this week is God’s Invitation. Although God constantly invites us in different ways to participate in the building of Kingdom, Advent offers a special opportunity to get in touch with that invitation.
After the participants spent some time sharing their prayer experiences of the past week, I gave a talk that focused on the invitations contained in our Advent scriptures (athough I confess I define Advent scriptures for this purpose a bit broadly) as a way to invite participants to start to access what is God’s invitation to each of them this Advent. I talked about God’s invitation to Isaiah and through Isaiah to the Israelite people), and God’s invitation to each of Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist and the Magi and during the upcoming week the participants will pray with each of these figures.