Wednesday, Second Week of Advent

Theme: Samson
Symbol: Locks of Hair

File:Samson Franz von Stuck.jpg
Samson. Huile sur bois de Franz von Stuck, 1891. Exposée au Museum Villa Stuck, Munich

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: Judges 13:3-5
An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her: Though you are barren and have had no children, you will conceive and bear a son.Now, then, be careful to drink no wine or beer and to eat nothing unclean,for you will conceive and bear a son. No razor shall touch his head, for the boy is to be a nazirite for God from the womb. It is he who will begin to save Israel from the power of the Philistines.

Reflection: Confirmation might be called the lost sacrament. It is usually associated with a graduation from a religious program. Really, it is a form of consecration and strengthening in the Holy Spirit for one to act in the priestly service of Christ. Like Samson the confirmed have been designated by God and outfitted to participate in his work of salvation for others. Have you reflected on your confirmation lately? Have you “exercised” your spiritual muscles in the service of the gospel?