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1st Week of Advent
November 27th/2011


Take Time To Prepare
 

 

 Reading 1 Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7

You, LORD, are our father,
our redeemer you are named forever.
Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your heritage.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you,
while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for,
such as they had not heard of from of old.
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you
doing such deeds for those who wait for him.
Would that you might meet us doing right,
that we were mindful of you in our ways!
Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful;
all of us have become like unclean people,
all our good deeds are like polluted rags;
we have all withered like leaves,
and our guilt carries us away like the wind.
There is none who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to cling to you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O LORD, you are our father;
we are the clay and you the potter:
we are all the work of your hands.


Responsorial Psalm Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19

R. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power,
and come to save us.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
 

Reading 2 1 Cor 1:3-9

Brothers and sisters:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always on your account
for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
that in him you were enriched in every way,
with all discourse and all knowledge,
as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end,
irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Gospel Mk 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'"

 

 

 

Homily/Sermon

 

 

Some years ago there was a popular song which said, with delightful simplicity, If Id known you were coming, Id baked a cake.  It had a catchy idea, one which we all can relate to, If I had known;  if only we had been given advance notice, we could have done something about it.  We could have been ready and not so taken by surprise.  And of course we would then not have felt so inadequate, maybe even embarrassed.

 

In the Catholic faith expression, we take time four weeks each year before Christmas, to think about, pray, and prepare for the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ, that very special infant child, the Son of God.  That is what we call Advent.  I am sure that some other faith expressions do that as well, or something similar.  In these readings for today, we can see the theme of preparedness, of readiness for the coming of God among His people, in the person of that infant Christ child.  Isaiah, reminding us that God is the Father to those chosen people, and Isaiah beseeches God to return, tearing open the heavens if need be, but somehow preventing them from going astray, and in spite of their rebellious sinful ways, reminding them of their destiny.  We are all the work of Your hands, says the prophet.

 

As we know already, there are those who see the unexpected return of the Master as an oblique reference to the time of death, and who ask, How do I then prepare for that?  The answer to that question is very simple really, yet sometimes, no so simple, by living, living, performing the tasks allotted to us in what God has given us to do.  When we reflect on our daily living we can see that God comes to us throughout each day.  God comes in the sudden unexpected happenings;  God is there in the people we meet, with the friends that come into our lives (which is much easier with the coming of the internet;  God is present to us through those whom we work with, with each new born child.  He comes to us as the sick, the hurting, the lonely, the hungry, with those people who have lost their jobs, their homes, their livelihood.  We meet Him in the illness that suddenly afflicts us, and in the strength that God gives to us to accept it.  God comes too in the fun and laughter of each day, in the beauty of His creation, in the pleasure we give and receive, and in the courtesy we offer to, and accept from others.

 

My friends, God is not waiting to pounce on us when we least expect it.  He is not waiting to catch us out in a perverse and punishing way.  Instead, God is saying, Dont forget Me.  Dont forget Me if I do not seem immediately present to you.  Stay awake in My love.  Do your work, your everyday comings and goings carried out for love of and each other and that will be enough.  We know that the infant Jesus is coming.  We know that God is already here.  The cake we bake for Him my friends, is our LIFE!

 May God bless you this coming week with especially good health, in mind, body, and spirit. Yours in Christ -
 

 

Deacon Steve Politte

November 26, 2011

 

  

~ He's Been With Me ~

 

Hes been with me even when Ive strayed,
Knowing I needed Him because I lost my way.
Hes been with me and held me when I cried,
Giving me a reason to go on, and try.
Hes been with me through the storms of life,
Holding my hand showing me Id be all right.
Hes been with me through the good times too,
Sharing my joy, letting me know Im so happy for you.
Hes been with me when I played in the sun,
Sharing His blessings watching me enjoy everyone.
Hes been with me I have never been on my own,
Because He loves me I will never be alone.
Hes been with me when my day is done,
Watching me as I sleep my Father the saving one.
Hes been with me and I want to forever be with Him,
Walking in His light where everything I need begins.



Written By Eva Dimel
Inspired By God
November 6th 2010


 
 
 

 

 

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