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3rd Sunday of Advent

December 11, 2016

A RESPONSIBILITY FOR GENERATIONS

Over the past few weeks (months really), we have been encouraging you to better understand and articulate why you come to your pew.  For years, whenever I ask – especially lifelong Catholics – why they come to Mass, they give me an answer concerning obligation or nostalgia.  But it has to be more than that, and so I repeat Jesus’ question to you:  what did you come here to see?

What are we doing now to ensure that our friends and children will have an opportunity to know what we have known?

Do we make the sacrifices necessary so that what we have inherited due to the sacrifices of others may be known to the next generation?  Do we know enough about our faith to articulate it to others?   Do we know enough to shout it to those who journey in the wilderness of the city with us?  Do we know enough to prepare a path for those who don’t feel they can come here:  the ones who feel the church has abandoned them?

Can we give sight to those blinded by the poor behavior of those who claim to represent God?

To those who have been made lame by their own hurt?

To those made deaf to the voice of God because of the noise of their own busyness?

To those who have felt like lepers outcast from belonging?

To those who have died in meaningless suffering, whose misery is too often spiritualized rather than contemplated?

How do we prepare a path for them?  Because in doing so we prepare a path for ourselves.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Third Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 35:1-6, 10; Psalm 146; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11)

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