Advent, 2nd Sunday (B) Kayla Berg went missing 11 years ago. She has not been forgotten. We don't know what happened to her but we do know that she is wanted and loved and we want to help bring her home. Every year, millions of people are victims of human trafficking. Traffickers use violence, coercion, or false promises to ensnare their victims. The trauma caused by this kind of victimization can be so great that victims may not identify themselves or ask for help.
In some sense, this is the plight of the human race. Before he created the world and all that is in it, God created powerful spirits called angels. Possibly the greatest of them all, one called Light-bearer, let a rebellion against God. They were defeated by the good angels and cast out of Heaven. Now they prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. They are called demons or devils and their leader is the enemy known as Satan or the Devil.
He tricked our first parents into rebelling against God. Their sin led to death which threatened to swallow up the whole world. We have all become snared in a web of lies. These lies make us feel abandoned, alone, rejected, and worthless. They lead us to justify exploitation of ourselves and others.
But the good news is this: the lies are false! You are precious, beautiful, and loved. You may have abandoned God, but God has never abandoned you. Long ago, God put in motion a plan to rescue you. Let the light of God's love shine on your fears and heal your wounds. Come to Confession and meet the One mightier than the Enemy who has come to rescue you.
(6 Dec 2020)
Going Deeper: Learn more about the many myths and misconceptions about human trafficking. Educate yourself about key indicators of human trafficking. You can help save a life. (The safety of the public as well as the victim is paramount. Do not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. It is up to law enforcement to investigate suspected cases of human trafficking).
Prepare for a good Confession and go to Confession this week.
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