2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

December 4, 2022

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Fr. Tony’s Collection of Homily Starters

1) John’s challenge to the spirit of sharing love
2) “Do you carry a dead soul in a living body?”
3) Community renewal during Advent
4) God takes our sinning seriously
5) Return to God and renew your lives
6) Metánoia after (9/11)
7) John’s preaching of messianic hope
8) God’s view of our sins
9) “This side is done now; I think you can turn me over
10) “The Hound of Heaven”
11) The dream for mankind
12) Let go and change!
13) We can and must change
14) Dave Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer
15) Advent Optimism
16) Waiting for Godot
17) Change yourself — wear shoes!:
18) Word Power
19) “Give Jesus a free hand! Give him permission!”
20) The Satin Slipper
21) “Sixty years, young man, sixty years!”
22) The Baby Shall Play by the Cobra’s Den
23) The Peaceable Kingdom Comes in Paradise not here!
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Get Ready!

Why did it happen? Simple answer, really. We were not ready. Despite the fact that there had been diplomatic rumblings for weeks of something brewing, we were caught off guard. Now, it is 80 years later. The calendar says that Dec 7th is the anniversary of that fateful day. But it also says we are in the season of Advent, that time during the Church year when we are uniquely called to GET READY. We hear again the call of John the Baptist – “… as is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.”‘ GET READY!

SOURCE: Fr. Tony’s Homilies

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Advent community renewal

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Now here is the word for the Church. She says: “No one completes the Advent journey solo. It is only as a community that we discover the fullness of God’s plan for us.”

SOURCE: Fr. Tony’s Homilies

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year A)

John’s challenge to the spirit of sharing love

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The thrust of the story is obvious. It is not what you give that is important, but the sharing spirit of love with which it is given.

SOURCE: Fr. Tony’s Homilies

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year A)

God takes sinning seriously

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Although Steinbeck calls that to the reader’s attention, it is interesting that none of the passengers pays any attention to it whatsoever. All too often, this is our story. Yet, John the Baptist calls upon us to take our sinning seriously. Why? Because God does.

SOURCE: Fr. Tony’s Homilies

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year A)

God’s view of our sins

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Plato asks the question, if we remove all consequences, all fear of punishment, is there any reason to seek honesty, virtue, and character? It’s a good question. John’s answer is that God takes sins seriously, and, hence, we must repent and renew our lives.

SOURCE: Fr. Tony’s Homilies

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year A)

The dream for mankind

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The season of Advent each year rekindles our hope in this prophecy, expressed by prophet Isaiah in the first reading, to believe in its  becoming a reality in God’s good time in His Heavenly Kindgom. We have to work and change ourselves to make that dream come true for us all. (James Valladares in Your Words, O Lord, Are Spirit, And They Are Life; quoted by Fr. Botelho).

SOURCE: Fr. Tony’s Homilies

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