1st Sunday of Advent, Year C
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Celebrant & Homilist: Msgr. Raymond East Guest Choir: Religious Family of the Incarnate Word, Saint Cecilia Choir
NOV 28, 2021 | DEC 2, 2018 | NOV 29, 2015 | DEC 2, 2012 | NOV 29, 2009
Look Back, Look Around, Look Forward
Friends, many years ago, in the context of a high school religion class, a very wise Benedictine nun gave me a template for understanding Advent that I’ve never forgotten. It is simply that Advent calls to mind three “comings” of Christ: the first in history, the second now, and the third at the end of time. Meditating upon each of these is a helpful preparation for the holy season upon which we are embarking.
Sunday Podcast Archive
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 2, 2018
This Sunday is New Year’s Day, in the liturgical sense of the term. With the first Sunday of Advent, we commence the liturgical year of 2019. And New Year’s day is always a good time for resolutions, taking stock, starting over again. I want to interpret our Gospel for this Sunday, which portrays Jesus is full apocalyptic mode, in that spirit.
Our Gospel for this first Sunday of Advent begins where the readings for the end of last liturgical year left off, namely, with apocalyptic musings. We’re encouraged to look for the Son of Man, coming on the clouds of heaven, which signals the end of the world as we know it. But the Son of man is coming on the clouds of heaven even now in the life of the Church. Even now the true king, the successor of David, is in our midst. But we need eyes trained by the liturgy to see him.
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 2, 2012
At the start of this new liturgical year, we hear Luke’s account of Jesus speaking about the end to all we believe to be permanent – the earth, the sky and order will all be disrupted. This isn’t meant to scare us, but to remind us of what is permanent, on what we can depend. Jesus is the link to this stability and truth, and in this realization we may find unending peace.
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 29, 2009
The apocalyptic imagery of this Sunday’s scriptures directs us to appreciate the finite nature of all worldly things and the truth that the only reality that endures in this world of inevitable change and loss is the Lordship of God in Christ.
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 3, 2006
The readings for this first Sunday of Advent focus, not on the historical coming of Jesus at Bethlehem, but rather at his eschatological coming at the end of time. Knowing that all of history tends toward and culminates in Jesus changes radically the way we live now.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, shares thoughts on preaching pro-life on the First Sunday of Advent in Year C. We hear the theme of repentance in the scriptures, especially at the beginning of the season. As Advent develops the theme focuses in on the birth of Christ.
Father Frank Pavone
CHRIST’S DOMINION OVER HUMAN LIFE
SOURCE: Priests for Life
Life Issues Homilies
Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
How are we to prepare for the coming of the Lord? Though the external trimmings add color to the occasion, what really counts is the preparation that takes place in our hearts.
If we do not want to meet anybody, it is because we are unprepared, ashamed, afraid, or feel unworthy. The Good News is that the Lord is eager to meet us and wants to come among us, even the way we are now. If the Lord is eager to meet us, even as we are, we naturally would like to make ourselves and our homes more presentable to Him.
The Prophet Isaiah had a vision of a future time of peace when swords will be turned into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks (Isaiah 2:1-5). I read a modern version of this in the newspapers. In one country, an award for community development in the form of a plaque was made from melted AK-47 gun barrels.
This Advent Season let us commit ourselves to works of mercy. If we do, we will find life, because we will find Christ, who chooses for his dwelling the weakest, poorest, lowliest of human beings, those to whom the world does not care to pay any attention. If we begin to pay attention to them, we will find Christ, we will find life, and our lives will be lit up by a light that shines in the darkness.
As we begin Advent I would suggest a new frame of mind for this season of promise, a simplified sense of time in the manner of Jesus Christ. As many of us Jesus also had much on his mind, the imminent tribulation he endured before his final entry into Jerusalem and his crucifixion, but still managed to instruct his disciples that “the Light is with you” [referring to himself] “for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you … while you have the light, believe in the light”, John 12, 35-36. Peter, his Apostle, described the Light like a “lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rise in your hearts”, 1 Peter 1, 35. Compared to eternity our lives can truly be understood as one day, “a little while”, waiting for the night to pass and the rising of “the morning star” before dawn and the final Advent of Jesus Christ.
For us who are up there in age, it’s really about climbing that mountain of the Lord and strengthening our brothers and sisters who are climbing with us. While we grab on to the arm of another who is ahead of us, we have to reach down and pull up those who are a few steps behind us who are having a difficult time in a difficult spot where we were just a moment ago or a few years ago.
Our choices determine our moral identity, and in heaven, we will wear our identity like clothing. In this world, our clothing conceals us, in heaven, our clothing reveals our deepest moral identity, who we are. It will be either beautiful clothing that reveals a beautiful moral identity, or it will be not so beautiful clothing, in which case we will flee from the gaze of God and the communion of saints in shame.