Advent WK 3C

There is great cause for rejoicing this Sunday. The Lord comes not as judge, but as Savior. This is a God who would rather forgive than punish. He always gives a second chance. The Advent Season always demonstrates God’s wonderful goodness and His desire that creation achieve eternal happiness. God constantly works to make this happen. No wonder Advent is a Season of Hope.

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Dec. 15, 2018 (Sir 48:1-4, 9-11)

All week the Church has set forth for us the nature of God. The fiery prophet Elijah is center stage in today’s reading. A belief developed that Elijah would return and put an end to wrath before the day of the Lord. Pius Jews drink an Elijah cup at their Seder meals, believing that his return would herald the imminent return of the Messiah. The NT sees John the Baptist in this role.

Dec. 12, 2018 (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe)

Today the normal progression of Advent is set aside as we honor Mary as the patroness of the Americas where it is a full-blown Feast Day, Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mary appears to a peasant, Juan Diego. His origins were as humble as Mary’s. He is astonished, like her, that God has called him out for such a great service. While we may not be called out to such a lofty vocation like Juan, and, especially, not like Mary, we have a calling, too. Today, would be a special time to ask for Mary’s help to discern our calling.

Dec.11, 2018 (Is 40:1-11)

Today’s First Reading is from the so-called “Book of Consolation,” from a man scripture scholars call “Deutero-Isaiah,” the “Second Isaiah.” “Comfort, give comfort to My people…” “Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!” If you can, read all 14 verses. They will be familiar to you and very comforting. The author was describing the return from exile which will be like the first Exodus. God will lead them back as of old. Things will again be as they should. This section will remind you of John the Baptist and the start of Jesus’ public ministry. “…the glory of the Lord will be revealed…” in the person of Jesus Christ.