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Second Week of Advent: Love

Centering Thought
The Candle of Love: For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son.

Lasallian Advent Retreat

based on an adaptation of Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s Method of Interior Prayer

Your 15-minute retreat this week includes:

  1. Presence Through silence or by song, prepare to receive God’s word into your heart.
  2. Prayer Following Saint John Baptist De La Salle’s Method of Interior Prayer, reflect upon this week’s Sunday Gospel.
  3. Participation How is the Holy Spirit calling me to live God’s mission?

First Movement

Light the Advent candle, pause and quiet yourself to remember that God is, even in this very moment, present to you.

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God

Optional Centering Song
Play it for the amount of time that you determine for your personal prayer experience.

Second Movement

Contemplate the Mystery of God’s love at work in the world.

Read Sunday’s Gospel a few times slowly, then consider one or more of the reflective questions that follow.

A Reading from the Gospel of Lk 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
    “Prepare the way of the Lord,
        make straight his paths.
    Every valley shall be filled
        and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
    The winding roads shall be made straight,
        and the rough ways made smooth,
    and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

    • Reflect on the Mystery of God’s love at work in your own life.
    • Does today’s Gospel have any relevance to your life?
    • How do you try to share the message of this Gospel with those with whom you live and work? With those who have been entrusted to your care?
    • If you choose to allow this Scripture passage to come alive in you now, what would you have to change in your life? What are the obstacles to this change?

Founder’s Voice

“God of love, set me aflame with love for you and for my neighbor.”

(Explanation of the Method of Interior Prayer)

Third Movement

How is God calling me to bring the “agape love” of the Incarnated Christ into the world?

Closing Prayer

Creator God of all that is, during this time of Advent, prepare my heart to receive the light of your Son, Jesus Christ, so that I may be a bearer of His light to the world. Live Jesus in my heart…forever. Amen.

Optional Contemporary Reflections


The word “love” is one of the sloppiest words in our language, as it primarily refers to a feeling that happens to a person. In the New Testament, love or Agape refers to a way of treating people that was defined by Jesus himself: seeking the well-being of others regardless of their response.