December 3, 2017: First Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“The season of Advent is a reminder to us to open our horizons and have concern for more than just material things…Relationship with the God-who-comes-to-visit gives to every gesture, every thing, a different light, a ‘thickness’, a symbolic value,” Pope Francis November 27, 2016
First Reading: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
Psalm: 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel: Mark 13:33-37
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The coming of God’s Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the “First Covenant”. He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, he awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming. (522)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the First Sunday of Advent, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
For complete text visit: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html
Do we let guilt dehydrate our spiritual being to manifest like dried leaves without a critical mass? So changing winds blow us to and fro instead of constantly attentive, watchful and alert at any hour of the day to see the Lord’s face. An experience of freedom, liberation moving us beyond guilt for salvation supersedes inequities. Protective nurturing of the sacred vine with divine roots to cultivate spiritual sap flowing to branches large and small, each leaf reaching out to the peripheries of society to harken new life from living with Christ. No need to retreat and withdraw, for grace bestowed enriches in unfathomable ways discourses and knowledge as testimony not lacking in any spiritual gift for God is faithful and invites us into fellowship. An invitation not of ridged parameters but the moldability of clay. Uniquely personal to help define our relationship of the divine in casualty to temper our weakness, affirm our dignity and strengthen our resolve to continually turn to the Lord. On the axis aligned to center us on the true course, the only peace possible, attainable and the work of the Father’s hands. Advent calls us to wait, watch and listen. A synergistic sharpening of our senses, physically and spiritually, to let excess be molded into simplicity, despair molded into hope, selfishness molded into community, triflness molded into substance, hate molded into peace. Constantly adding refreshing spiritual moisture of Word and Sacrament to our pallet allows us to be clay continually pliable, waiting with anticipation of how God will mold us anew to participate in His kingdom in ways previously unimaginable and not wither from obsession with sin and guilt to be dry clay that cracks, breaks and shatters into useless pieces when God tries to form us in service for His glory.
Individual Reflection: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
During Advent, how do you need to let God mold you to be more attentive, watchful and patient?
Family Reflection: 1st Corinthians 1:3-9
Make an Advent calendar with a positive action for the family, individually or collectively, to do each day leading up to Christmas. Look at the USCCB Family Advent calendar for 2017 for some thoughts:
Practice Lectio Divina during Advent:
For the First Week of Advent
For the remaining weeks of Advent
Blogs to Visit:
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.
Weekly lectionary reflections, for faith sharing groups, parish bulletins, newsletters or personal prayer, from the synergy of the Word we hear and the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born November 26, 2017 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.