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11/29/15 First Sunday of Advent - Deacon Tony

Deacon Tony Conti

First Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 3       11/29/15

  • From today’s Gospel… “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy 
    from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap
    .”
  • It’s very easy to become “drowsy” or “confused” or driven to “distraction” in our busy world…
  • If we can take only a few moments at either the beginning or the end of each day for some quiet time… to just stop the madness… Perhaps God can help us see our lives more clearly
  • This Advent… As the world gears up for the biggest shopping and partying season of the year… The Church asks us to slow down
  • Advent is a time given to us to help us regain perspective on our lives, on our faith, and on our God
  • If we don’t take the time to reflect upon the life we’re living from time to time… Then how will we ever know where we’re going in life?
  • We’re called to live our faith in order to find true meaning and purpose in our lives…
  • Living our faith is about keeping Christ in our hearts and in our daily lives
  • And the obvious question is: How do we do this amidst the chaos and the demands of daily life… Let alone at this busy time of year?
  • Human beings are finite – Despite what our society, or our families, or our jobs may demand or expect of us at this time of year, We can only do so much... And so we must choose wisely...
  • Despite what our media will feed us over the next several weeks… We need to learn that it’s OK that our house isn’t perfectly organized and decorated… it’s OK that we didn’t get a chance to make 12 dozen homemade cookies… it’s OK that we couldn’t satisfy everyone’s wish list... It’s OK... Because Christ is asking much more from us...
  • He’s asking us to learn to share His love, His compassion, His forgiveness, and His mercy with others...
  • These are the priceless gifts that we’re to learn to give and receive during Advent, and every day of our lives...
  • These are the gifts that the Christ child made manifest in His incarnation... and these are the gifts that we’re each called to return to Himby sharing them with all whom we come in contact with...
  • Despite living in a world which sometimes seems to be Stripped of Grace... God is here... in each of us...
  • God’s plan of salvation is dependent upon us being His Hands and Feet in the world
  • Every act of kindness we show to another… is an act of God’s Grace
  • None of this is easy – It requires a commitment of the will on our part; and most importantly, it requires prayer and some quiet time each day... But it is possible if we make the effort…
  • I’ll close with a quote that I received in a Christmas card many years ago: "If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things, and again with things; if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have the time to make the long, slow journey across the desert as did the Magi?  Or sit and watch the stars as did the Shepherds?  Or brood over the coming Child as did Mary?  For each of us, there is a desert to travel  A star to discoverAnd a being within ourselves to bring to life."   Author Unknown

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