Catholic 2020 Advent Devotional

Advent is a beautiful season where we prepare our hearts to receive our Lord anew, celebrating the first coming of Christ and affirming our anticipation of his return. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Saint John’s Bible Christmas Illumination] The coming of God’s Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God […] The post Catholic 2020 Advent Devotional appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.

Catholic 2020 Advent Devotional
Advent is a beautiful season where we prepare our hearts to receive our Lord anew, celebrating the first coming of Christ and affirming our anticipation of his return. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Saint John’s Bible Christmas Illumination] The coming of God’s Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the “First Covenant.” He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, he awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming. St. John the Baptist is the Lord’s immediate precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare his way. “Prophet of the Most High,” John surpasses all the prophets, of whom he is the last. He inaugurates the Gospel, already from his mother’s womb welcomes the coming of Christ, and rejoices in being “the friend of the bridegroom,” whom he points out as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Going before Jesus “in the spirit and power of Elijah,” John bears witness to Christ in his preaching, by his Baptism of conversion, and through his martyrdom. When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church) [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, CNN: A Catholic Reads the Bible] Sign up for our Verse of the Day to receive a daily Bible verse in four well-known translations. By submitting your email address, you understand that you will receive email communications from Bible Gateway, a division of The Zondervan Corporation, 3900 Sparks Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 USA, including commercial communications and messages from partners of Bible Gateway. You may unsubscribe from Bible Gateway’s emails at any time. If you have any questions, please review our Privacy Policy or email us at privacy@biblegateway.com. Array ( [template] => /mnt/www/blog_biblegateway_com/releases/20201102134928/wp-content/plugins/harpercollins_silverpop_wordpress_plugin/public/partials/form.php [vars] => Array ( [attr] => Array ( [headline] => Sign up for our Verse of the Day to receive a daily Bible verse in four well-known translations. [background] => #952004 [image] => placehold.png [text_color] => [template] => /mnt/www/blog_biblegateway_com/releases/20201102134928/wp-content/plugins/harpercollins_silverpop_wordpress_plugin/public/partials/form.php [code] => bgblog-pine-cone-em-d-b1fe545611 ) [fields] => Array ( [name] => pine-cone [list] => Verse of the Day Digest [votd1] => NIV [votd2] => ESV [votd3] => NLT [votd4] => NKJV [blog_form] => Yes ) [content] => [site_key] => 6LdMkEkUAAAAAGd5aGH1cwku1OFyHwKYW_QUDZxm [form_number] => 1 [domain] => biblegateway.com ) [template_path] => /mnt/www/blog_biblegateway_com/releases/20201102134928/wp-content/plugins/harpercollins_silverpop_wordpress_plugin/public/partials/form.php [attr] => Array ( [headline] => Sign up for our Verse of the Day to receive a daily Bible verse in four well-known translations. [background] => #952004 [image] => placehold.png [text_color] => [template] => /mnt/www/blog_biblegateway_com/releases/20201102134928/wp-content/plugins/harpercollins_silverpop_wordpress_plugin/public/partials/form.php [code] => bgblog-pine-cone-em-d-b1fe545611 ) [fields] => Array ( [name] => pine-cone [votd1] => NIV [votd2] => ESV [votd3] => NLT [votd4] => NKJV [blog_form] => Yes ) [content] => [site_key] => 6LdMkEkUAAAAAGd5aGH1cwku1OFyHwKYW_QUDZxm [form_number] => 1 [domain] => biblegateway.com [value] => Yes [name] => blog_form ) It only takes a minute to create your own Bible Gateway free personal account and you’ll immediately upgrade your Bible Gateway experience. Do it right now! [Read the New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) and New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) on Bible Gateway] We hope the following 2020 Advent Devotional (complete with holiday recipes), prepared by Catholic Bible Press (@CatholicBiblePress), will enhance your Advent celebration. See the Bibles published by Catholic Bible Press. Upgrade your Bible Gateway experience by becoming a member of Bible Gateway Plus. Try it free right now! The post Catholic 2020 Advent Devotional appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.