Advent Reflection Booklet 2013 - Immaculata University - page 9

On the day the Lord binds up the wounds of His people, He will heal
the bruises left by His blows.”
(Isaiah 30:26)
Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority
over unclean spirits to them out to cure every disease and illness.
(Matthew 10:1)
As I reflect on the Advent Season I cannot help but think of those ser-
vice members who are in a far off land or on a distant shore away from
family and friends during this holiest time of the year. I have been that
warrior who was away. I would not wish that terrible sadness upon
anyone. Yet, I know that that sacrifice is warranted and as I construct
this note someone is standing watch over my family and me – protect-
ing us. Some warriors will be able to be home and their families are
preparing for the arrival of their soldier, sailor, airman or Marine.
I reflect on those whose wounds are now bound as they recover in mil-
itary hospitals and veterans homes. At the conclusion of his second
inaugural address, President Lincoln considered the Great Civil War
and the plight of the veteran, the scar upon the nation and the need
“… to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have
borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may
achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with
all nations.”
Now, less than one percent of the U. S. population is in
military service to the nation. Yet, there are nearly seven thousand
U.S. service members who have
in Iraq or Afghanistan and nearly
32,000 who have been wounded. Thus, today I would ask we remem-
ber those who are serving and may be away, those who are blessed to
be coming home and those who have served and are now home, but
perhaps struggling.
a Warrior’s
God of all goodness, Look with love on those who wait for the safe
return of their loved ones who serve in the armed forces of their coun-
try. In faith and hope, we turn to You for comfort. Grant that we may
trust in Your mercy and send an angel to sustain us as we await their
safe return. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
(Prayer taken from the USCCB)
Mr. John C. Church, Jr.
English Communication Department
First Saturday of Advent
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