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11/29/15 First Sunday in Advent - Deacon Ron

Summary of Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

Deacon Landry

 

This is the first Sunday of Advent, mere weeks before the celebration of the birth of our Savior. And in the tantalizing anticipation of the Christmas holiday, it is easy for us as Catholic Christians to lose focus on the real purpose of Advent. And so, in Luke's gospel we witness our Savior describing his Second Coming—the End of the World:  "...nations will be in dismay...People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world..." One would be hard-pressed to find these words in a Hallmark Christmas card.

And yet, there could be no more appropriate message than this to begin our observation of Advent. Advent is not simply about the anticipation of the first coming of our Savior, the Incarnation, but rather in his triumphant return for the Last Judgment, his Second Coming. We are as Christians, by nature of this waiting, an Advent people. And by virtue of the fact that the endtimes—whether for us as individuals or collectively as a world—means being reunited with our Creator for all eternity.

Therefore, a genuine understanding of the endtimes is not to be filled with dread, but with energized preparation. Rather than be distracted and misguided by what the material build-up to the Christmas holiday has become, it is a time get caught up in the joy and excitement that is the hope of Advent. How awesome! We are preparing to see God!

The purple vestments worn by the priest and deacon, and colors of the sanctuary, remind us of being watchful and alert. It is a time to be especially mindful of our sinfulness and shortcomings; what better way to prepare than with the Sacrament of Reconciliation and genuine penance.  Fresh from our observance of Thanksgiving, Advent provides the ideal time to reflect upon our blessings and our responsibility to give to others of our time and resources.  And we must make a concerted effort to improve our spiritual life and that of our loved ones. Taking the time to pray the Rosary as a family. Sharing the Infancy Narratives in the gospels of Matthew and Luke and discussing what they teach us about Jesus Christ. It is no accident that the preparations of Advent reflect the prayer, fasting and alms-giving of the Lenten season.

This is a time of great joy! In the words of Eucharistic Prayer III: "... and as we look forward to his second coming, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice." And every Sunday in the Creed we proclaim: "He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead...." and we implore in the Lord's prayer, "...thy Kingdom come..."

As Christians, we live in the "already" and the "not yet." With the birth of the Christchild, the Kingdom of God has already come to us, and we are commissioned by Jesus to participate in building it here on Earth. However, as human beings we are incapable of its fulfillment. That has not yet happened, but will when Jesus Christ comes again in glory.

This is a time of great joy! In the words of Eucharistic Prayer III: "... and as we look forward to his second coming, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice." And every Sunday in the Creed we proclaim: "He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead...." and we implore in the Lord's prayer, "...thy Kingdom come..."

As Christians, we live in the "already" and the "not yet." With the birth of the Christchild, the Kingdom of God has already come to us, and we are commissioned by Jesus to participate in building it here on Earth. However, as human beings we are incapable of its fulfillment. That has not yet happened, but will when Jesus Christ comes again in glory.

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