Tuesday, Second Week of Advent
Symbol: Scarlet Cord
Prayer of Ven. Bruno Lanteri
Almighty and Eternal God, I (name), although most unworthy, but encouraged by your compassion and infinite mercy, and by the desire of serving you, offer before the Most Holy Virgin Mary and all the Court of Heaven, to your Divine Majesty, this day, and all my thoughts, words and actions in it. I humbly beg of your infinite goodness and mercy, by the Blood of Jesus Christ, that you choose to accept this offering in the odor of sweetness, and that as you have given me the grace to desire and to make this offering, so also you grant me the grace to fulfill it. Amen.
O Virgin immaculately conceived, put into my heart those things of your Son most pleasing to him. Amen.
Scripture: Joshua 2:15-21
Then she let them down through the window with a rope; for she lived in a house built into the city wall. “Go up into the hill country,” she said, “that your pursuers may not come upon you. Hide there for three days, until they return; then you may go on your way.”They answered her, “We are free of this oath that you made us take, unless,when we come into the land, you tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you are letting us down. Gather your father and mother, your brothers, and all your family into your house.Should any of them pass outside the doors of your house, their blood will be on their own heads, and we will be guiltless. But if anyone in your house is harmed, their blood will be on our heads.If, however, you betray our mission, we will be free of the oath you have made us take.”“Let it be as you say,” she replied, and sent them away. When they were gone, she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
Reflection: Rahab protected the Israelite spies because they were messengers of God. Is there a special place in your heart for those who are faithful to God? Do you see God’s faithful as messengers?