Join us in prayer be begin our 2014 “walk” …

This is the prayer the Faith Connections team prayed together at our first meeting of 2014. We invite you to join us in prayer: to reflect on being a “pilgrim people,” “awake” and ready to encounter Christ as we journey through 2014!


“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1).

"Our identity as believers has been that of a people making its pilgrim way towards the promised land"…"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light"

"Walking", [the Pope] exclaimed: "this verb makes us reflect on the course of history, that long journey which is the history of salvation, starting with Abraham, our father in faith, whom the Lord called one day to set out, to go forth from his country towards the land which he would show him.

From that time on, our identity as believers has been that of a people making its pilgrim way towards the promised land. This history has always been accompanied by the Lord! He is ever faithful to his covenant and to his promises.

Because he is faithful, 'God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all' (1 Jn 1:5) .

Yet on the part of the people there are times of both light and darkness, fidelity and infidelity, obedience, and rebellion; times of being a pilgrim people and times of being a people adrift".

Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, true man and true God, has entered our history; he has shared our journey. He came to free us from darkness and to grant us light.

In him was revealed the grace, the mercy, and the tender love of the Father: Jesus is Love incarnate. He is not simply a teacher of wisdom, he is not an ideal for which we strive while knowing that we are hopelessly distant from it. He is the meaning of life and history, who has pitched his tent in our midst". ….

The shepherds were the first to see this “tent”, to receive the news of Jesus’ birth. They were the first because they were among the last, the outcast. And they were the first because they were awake, keeping watch in the night, guarding their flocks. Together with them, let us pause before the Child, let us pause in silence.

Quiet reflection on evidence of God’s fidelity in our lives:

Let us share the joy of the Gospel: God loves us, he so loves us that he gave us his Son to be our brother, to be light in our darkness. To us the Lord repeats: “Do not be afraid!” (Lk 2:10).

(Excerpts from Pope Francis’ Sermon at Midnight Mass on Christmas 2013)