December 1, 2019: First Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Reflect on 2nd Peter 1:3-11 in the context of your commitment to ministry:
His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature, after escaping from the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love. If these are yours and increase in abundance, they will keep you from being idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anyone who lacks them is blind and shortsighted, forgetful of the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more eager to make your call and election firm, for, in doing so, you will never stumble. For, in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.
First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm: 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14
Catechism of the Catholic Church
When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”(524) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the First Sunday of Advent, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
The covenant that God established with Abraham, chosen to be “the father of a multitude of nations” (Gen 17:4), opens the way for the human family to make a return to its Creator. The history of salvation leads the people of Israel to believe that God’s action was restricted to their land. Little by little, however, the conviction grows that God is at work also among other nations (cf. Is 19:18-25). The Prophets would announce, for the eschatological times, a pilgrimage of the nations to the Lord’s temple and an era of peace among the peoples (cf. Is 2:2-5, 66:18-23). Israel, scattered in exile, would become definitively aware of its role as a witness to the one God (cf. Is 44:6-8), the Lord of the world and of the history of the nations (cf. Is 44:24-28). (430)
Peace is the goal of life in society, as is made extraordinarily clear in the messianic vision of peace: when all peoples will go up to the Lord’s house, and he will teach them his ways and they will walk along the ways of peace (cf. Is 2:2-5). A new world of peace that embraces all of nature is the promise of the messianic age (cf. Is 11:6-9), and the Messiah himself is called “Prince of peace” (Is 9:5). Wherever his peace reigns, wherever it is present even in part, no longer will anyone be able to make the people of God fearful (cf. Zeph 3:13). It is then that peace will be lasting, because when the king rules according to God’s justice, righteousness flourishes and peace abounds “till the moon be no more” (Ps 72:7). God longs to give peace to his people: “he will speak of peace to his people, to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts” (Ps 85:9). Listening to what God has to say to his people about peace, the Psalmist hears these words: “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss” (Ps 85:11). (490)
How do we get taken away from Jesus? In the Time of Noah, people were eating, drinking and marrying. Jesus shares of people out in the field toiling. Laborers processing food. All activities in the ebb and flow of life. If we trek through life as a mundane existence without seeing the Lord’s ways and paths, we end up like the man left in the field, those who did not make it on the ark. So absorbed in our narrow confines not to see the grandeur of God present in all we think, believe and do and failing to realize we are co-creators with God in the continuing unfolding of creation. No essence of rejoicing, lives of thanksgiving to ever step foot or even crack the door open to peak in the house of the Lord. Missing out on the Lord’s blessing of peace, a peace never found inward looking, absorbed in self-loathing. Ears never tuned to be cognizant of listening to Jesus say, “Peace be with you.” A call to awaken from the slumber of realizing the mirage never gets closer, only that our salvation is ever closer at hand. A time to dispel darkness and let the light of Christ illuminate our hearts and minds, so we live as light in the world. A time of warring with others and ourselves to cease. To let words and implements of violence be transformed to plow deep furrows for solid roots to build a foundation to dispel the intuition and see the fallacy of a warring mentality. War, physical destruction and damaging words, is contrary to the Lord’s ways. A path we are not asked to journey and have no need to venture if we trust in the Lord’s precepts. To refuse the Lord’s peace only takes us away from Him and leaves us with a nebulous void wrought in violence. A searching for peace in all the wrong places. A numbing of senses by past times of pleasures rooted in the flesh and not of the Spirit. A rivalry of jealously striving to look the best, be the greatest, clothed in material accolades instead of clothing ourselves in the way of the Lord. So Jesus lives in us and we never part company from Him.
Individual Reflection: Isaiah 2:1-5
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Family Reflection: Romans 13:11-14
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