Homilies and reflections for Sunday
Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1, 3-8
1 Corinthians 1: 3-9
Mark 13: 33-37
Fr. Vincent Hawkswell
B.C. CATHOLIC (2020)
Happy New Year! We are starting Advent, the first season of the Church’s liturgical year. Today is as noteworthy as Jan. 1, when we start the new calendar year. “In Christianity, time has a fundamental importance,” Pope St. John Paul II said…
Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr
SINGLE HUMANITY (2017)
Here we are at the beginning of the new liturgical that opens with the season of Advent. It’s a time of joyful waiting for our saviour who is coming to revive our drooping spirits and restore us to life. So, we had better keep watching…
Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino
DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG (2020)
Watch! There are three ways that we need to watch. 1) Watch for those moments when the Lord is calling on us to reach out to others. 2) We need to watch for those seemingly minor changes or additions to our lives that might change the very direction of our lives. 3) We need to watch is for the time that the Lord is calling us to leave this world and be fully united to Him.
AMERICA MAGAZINE (2020)
Like Mark’s first-century audience, many people today have been living in a state of uncertainty and anxiety. Covid-19, the presidential election and the ongoing struggles for equality and racial justice…
Fr. George Smiga
BUILDING ON THE WORD (2002)
Today’s first reading from Isaiah presents us with a beautiful image. Isaiah says that God is our father and we are the clay. God is the potter and we are all the work of God’s hands.
Fr. Austin Fleming
A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS (2017)
Jesus might come in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow or in the morning. He’ll probably come when we least expect him – he has a way of showing up without being announced. Where will he come to meet us?
Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ
SUNDAY WEB SITE (1997)
We pretend that we have no sin…. My coworkers, my friends and community, my family are to blame. “Evil empires,” “warlords” and “endless enemies” are the source of our problems. Bishops or feminists, conservatives or leftists, liberation theologians or curial despots are the favorite demons of choice.
Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.
BIG C CATHOLICS (2020)
“I have a revelation to make.” What does that statement make you expect? A personal confession? Some new scandal in the Church? An interesting secret, or some news that will amaze or disappoint you? One way or another, the statement probably sparked your interest. In today’s reading from St. Paul, we find a similar idea: “You are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Christians of Corinth, who are already believers, are waiting for another revelation.
A CATHOLIC MOMENT (2017)
Advent a time to simplify and prepare our hearts and souls for His arrival, and so we can use this season to clean out our interior selves of all that has cluttered us throughout the year.
Fr. Donald Senior, CP
CHICAGO CATHOLIC (2020)
A popular word I only recently became aware of is “woke.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary tells me that “woke” originated in African-American dialect and refers to being alert (or awake) to racial and social issues. Like so much of our discourse in these polarized times, some consider being “woke” a compliment and a sign of good citizenship. Others, however, view it as excessive “political correctness.”
Life Issue Posts
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.
With the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King last Sunday, we ended the liturgical year. Now, with the start of the Season of Advent — the time of waiting for the Lord’s coming – we begin a new liturgical year. Thus the whole liturgical year begins with the waiting for the coming of Jesus and ends with His proclamation as King of heaven and earth.
Jesus asks us not only to be prepared but also to be vigilant. We know that we want to be good Christians, faithful followers of Christ. We also know that temptations sometimes seem to surround us. So the first question we ask ourselves is simple. How do we go about avoiding or overcoming all of the situations in life that could bring us to sin? Where do we go from here?
God so loved the world that He joined us in time by sending us His Son. By giving us His time and living with us in time, Jesus showed us the Godly way of spending time.
Advent is celebration of the past, the present and the future. We bring to mind the first coming of Jesus as Word-made-flesh. We also open ourselves to the Spirit of Jesus who animates us everyday. And we look forward with joy to the coming of Jesus in the final days.
The Lord asks us to be watchful and alert as we await His arrival. Let us continue to give witness to the coming of Our Savior to everyone we meet by living lives of joyful expectation. Our joyful demeanor will be a stronger witness for many than anything we could ever say.
As we enter the season of Advent we pray that indeed justice will reign in this land. We pray that a culture of violence and impunity will be replaced by a culture of peace. We pray that those who experience an environment of fear will, as Jeremiah pronounced, “experience salvation and will live in safety.”
The word “ecstasy” comes from the Greek word ekstasis, which means to “stand outside of”, or to be beside oneself. The more we look outside ourselves in a spirit of thanksgiving, the more joy filled or ecstatic our life becomes. Learning this gratitude is so important, because Christ’s coming in the flesh was ultimately for the sake of restoring gratitude to God.