December 2, 2018: First Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm: 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Interior repentance is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return, a conversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, with repugnance toward the evil actions we have committed. At the same time it entails the desire and resolution to change one’s life, with hope in God’s mercy and trust in the help of his grace. This conversion of heart is accompanied by a salutary pain and sadness which the Fathers called animi cruciatus (affliction of spirit) and compunctio cordis (repentance of heart). (1431)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the First Sunday of Advent , Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references
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Is Advent a season of anxiety or anticipation? Apprehension or attentiveness? Antlers or adoration? How we live Advent dismantles the experience of Christmas or prepares us to more full receive the gift of our Savior. We maybe perplexed by consumerism obliterating credit limits, boxes with bowes crookedly aligned in haste, hors d’oeuvres on the plate, and egg nog frothing on the ladle. Holiday distractions making our hearts drowsy. But only if we do not lift our soul up to the Lord and let ourselves be consumed in the teachable paradigm of Advent. To sit and ponder, not consumed by the roaring fire of perfection. To lower expectations of holiday grandeur and family holiness for acceptance of a humble conversation, simple meals and making time for sacred encounters keeps us in the friendship of the Lord. A path leading to the humble simplicity of the manger, with vigilance to raise our heads and seek stars of meaning guiding us thru Advent and not to automatic check out counters and online shopping. For then we check out of Advent and Christmas becomes a package returned to sender. Advent must become a season of teachable moments we give and receive to show each other the way in our waiting. A hope in the promise that should cause us to rise up not shrink from the Lord’s covenants and decrees, the primacy of which is love. Only He can increase and make us abound in love that strengthens our hearts if we let our souls be naked, open, unencumbered with facades of celebrating things. To let Advent magnify the infinite love coming to birth that we might see a love caressing eternity that we are asked to lavish on one another, for all people as God lavishes on us a love beyond all dimensions.. Not for a few, not just those who live truth in their own universe, not just my friends or my family, not all subjectively, but as God envisions all. Only grasping the infinite experience of Advent will strengthen our hearts to see in a blameless expression of reciprocity of love between Divine desire and humanity’s yearning.
Individual Reflection: 1st Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Get ready for Poverty Awareness Month coming in January, so you might use the resources at your parish to encourage charity and justice to address poverty in your community.
Family Reflection: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Make a creative Advent candles for your home, to symbolically express the themes of Advent. Use this Advent calendar to plan your Advent candles and journey thru Advent:
Prayer: Lectio Divina for Advent
As we reflect upon Mary’s presence in the mysteries of the Rosary, we are blessed to know her. For her journey, a timeless trek, calls us to surrender, continuing conversion, humbleness and justice now.
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