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Advent 2019: Paths to the Stable

“How beautiful are the feet of those
who bring the good news!”

For each day during Advent 2019, Voice of the Faithful offers you three different Paths to the Stable, with Advent reflections and links to Scripture readings. See the reflection below to begin your Advent season—then click the table to select your path—and return here often during Advent.


“How beautiful are the feet of those
who bring the good news!”

What an image for us as we take our first steps on our journey in Advent. We are heading for Christmas, for the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus—the awesome gift of God who chose to become one of us.

As one of us, Jesus walked. His steps took him to people who were in need of healing, his steps took him to places where he was welcomed and places where he was asked to leave, his steps took him into the desert to pray, his steps took him to homes to share meals and enjoy the company of friends, and his steps ultimately took him to Jerusalem where he was crucified—But three days later he stepped out of the tomb and continued to walk with those who believed or who came to believe in him!

As Jesus came to be like one of us, let us strive to be more like him: Be mindful of your feet today—take a walk (instead of driving!) and as your feet carry you through your day, consider the people who have lost their feet or who cannot walk and the multitudes who are walking away from danger…offer a prayer and ask God to guide your steps to do some good, for His sake and others.

As Pope Francis expressed in the announcement of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Church “has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy. Let us try a little harder to take the first step and become involved!”

And may God bless your souls!

Advent reflection by Svea Fraser


During Advent in 2019, Voice of the Faithful is offering you three different Paths to the Stable.

Click here to take one or all of them ...