Thursday the Second Week of Advent

An old woman sat at the gate of a village. A man entered the village.
“What are the people in this village like?” he asked her.
“What were they like in the village you came from?” she responded.
“Ach! Dreadful people! Stupid, surly, stingy, treacherous.
I was glad to be rid of them,” he said.
“Alas, you will find the people in this village much the same.”
A little later, another man entered the village. He asked the old woman
the same question, and she in turn asked him the same question:
“What were the people like in the village you came from?”
“Ah – wonderful people! Bright, kind, generous, trustworthy.
I was sad to say goodbye.”
“Hurrah! You will find the people in this village much the same.”

Jesus came into this world to preach his message of love, joy, and divine mercy.
For hatred corrodes the vessel in which it is stored.

Take some time today to pray for patience, understanding, and forgiveness.