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First Sunday of Advent

December 3, 2012

THE MEANING OF ADVENT

Every year, Advent seems to catch us off guard – how can it be here already?  Where did the semester go?  What do you mean I have a final next week?!?!

In this respect, the fear our Gospel might evoke about the end times is quite appropriate – for the end may indeed be near and we are no where near ready!

But our Gospel also contains a clear instruction:  do not let the anxieties of life catch you by surprise, but be vigilant and pray.  THIS is advent.

What does Advent mean to you?

Advent is a chance for us to regain control of our lives – to reassess what is necessary and strip away what is not.  During these days, we remember the exile of our ancestors who waited with nothing more than hope for their salvation.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the First Sunday of Advent: (Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36)

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One comment

  1. Fr. Chris, Thank you for making your homilies available. I truly enjoy listening. I take it all to heart and you open my mind to meditate on my religion. I am trying to learn to know Jesus and your homilies seem to set me on the right path. Thank you.



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