As promised yesterday, I am beginning to post the Jesse Tree Reflections today (see what it's about here).
Before I post the two reflections for December 1 and December 2, I have something exiting to share: my wonderful sister-in-law is joining in this effort by making available symbols that match the ones on the list I've been using!
To go to a printable list of the first 12 symbols ready to print and color yourself, click here.
If you're like me and coloring makes you nervous, you can get a pre-colored set of the first 12 symbols here.
My sister-in-law will do a second sheet of symbols for the next 12 readings in the near future!
Here are the very brief, simple reflections; again, I've included suggested symbols and readings under the impression that to do so is fair use, especially since I don't know the origins of either the symbols (apart from them being the sort of thing you find with Jesse Trees) or the suggested readings (again, apart from them being among the many suitable readings for Advent). All of the Scripture quotes I have used here come from the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition of the Bible.
Optional Reading: Genesis 1:1-2:3 (Creation)
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” Gen 1: 26
In the account of creation from the reading today, we learn three important things: one, that God made everything that exists in the material universe; two, that everything God made was good as God Himself is good, and three, that God gave man dominion over all of His creation. If man had not fallen, how different would the world be! And yet, in the Exsultet at the Easter Vigil we hear: “O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!”
Optional Reading: Genesis 2:4-3:13 (The Fall)
Symbol: Forbidden Tree
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate.” Gen 3:6
How quickly man disobeyed God and lost His friendship! Eve was tempted by three things: the world (that the fruit would make her wise), the flesh (that the tree was good for food) and the devil--the serpent who tempted her. In choosing to give in to these temptations she and Adam turned away from God Who loved them for the sake of an illusion, and this Original Sin is reflected in us, especially when we, too, choose sin.