Eighteenth Day of Advent
O God Who Comes,
Forgive us when we choose to live in ways that distance us from the joy that is ours because of our relationship with you; forgive us when we try to escape from life in its fullness and especially when we try to avoid the sacrifices and sorrows that come when we faithfully follow Jesus by giving ourselves up for the sake of other people.
Help us to remember—and to live in light of that remembering—that real joy comes from finding and living out the ways that you would have us to love you with all that we are and to love our neighbors like we love ourselves, which can be—which will be—very costly.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!