Message of the Week

I Am the Handmaiden of the Lord. May It Be Done to Me According to Your Word.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mary, a young, innocent woman with an abundance of grace and faith, said yes to God’s messenger Gabriel.

She did not understand how God’s will was to come about, yet she accepted it and her role in it.

We look forward to Jesus’ coming.

Are we ready to say yes to His plan for us,  even though it’s a mystery for us too?

 

Readings:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/122020.cfm

Make Straight the Way of the Lord

The Third Sunday of Advent

Acceptance of the savior requires us to clear a way for Him in our lives.  We must remove unnecessary distractions.

John points to Jesus as the answer to correct living and hope for the future.

John minimizes himself to maximize the importance of Jesus the Messiah.

John gave his life to announce the great coming of the Savior.

Are we prepared to reflect, to minimize our own agendas, to repent, and to open ourselves to the coming of Jesus once again?

Readings:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/121320.cfm

Prepare the Way of the Lord

The Second Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist preached repentance for sin.

We too are called for the conversion of heart.

We are to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Savior into our lives.

We are called to eliminate distractions that might prevent us from seeing and hearing him anew.

Will we open ourselves to the Spirit so that we will be ready?

 

Readings:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120620.cfm

Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.

The First Sunday of Advent

Advent is a time of watching and waiting for the Lord liturgically and in our lives.

As we prepare for His coming to us again at Christmas, we must also prepare for our coming closer to Him.

Advent is a time of prayer and review of exactly where we stand in our faith lives.

We can never be sure of how much time we have, but any time at all is an opportunity for renewal.

Will we not just use some time but rather make time to focus on Jesus’ coming to us again?

 

Readings:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112920.cfm

God Is With Us

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mary and Joseph were the instruments of God’s will to fulfill His promise of love.

Though not expecting this scenario, each accepted without question.

Will we recognize and accept His gift of grace and love in whatever form it comes?

Are You the One Who is to Come?

The Third Sunday of Advent

Jesus was the one.

He healed and saved and redeemed.

Have you prepared the way for Him to come into your life?

Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at Hand

The Second Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist warns that true repentance means changing one’s ways.

To enter the Kingdom of God, one must “bear fruit”.

Good works and spreading the faith are what Jesus asks of us.

 

For You Do Not Know
on Which Day Your Lord Will Come

The First Sunday of Advent

…. But we know that He surely will.

Therefore, stay awake

and always be prepared for Him.

The Lord Is In Your Midst

Third Sunday of Advent

· On this Second Sunday of Advent, we are called to get ready for the coming of the Savior into our lives.
· Preparation requires that we remove the hills and valleys in our lives that impede our progress toward our relationship with Jesus.
· Fear not … He will rejoice over you with gladness.
· The Lord has removed judgment… He comes to save you.
· Prepare yourselves by fostering the right attitude and actions.
· Care for the poor and those around you.  Act with fairness and compassion in all things.
· You will receive the Holy Spirit and your heart will be set on fire with faith.
· Bow your heads in Thanksgiving that one so great would come among us.
· Open your arms and heart to receive the gift.

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Second Sunday of Advent

· On this Second Sunday of Advent we are called to get ready for the coming of the Savior into our lives.
· Preparation requires that we remove the hills and valleys in our lives that impede our progress toward our relationship with Jesus.
· Repentance for what we have done wrong is a good start.
· A second step is to ponder the glory that is before us. Our God is coming to be with us and to save us, again.
· We must recognize the coming of the baby Jesus and the man Jesus as God’s greatest possible gift.
· Can we stop what we are doing and think for a moment about the great thing that will happen for us?
· Can we filter out the sounds and activities of the season long enough to cherish the meaning of the season for us?

Your Redemption is at Hand

First Sunday of Advent
Advent is the liturgical season in which we celebrate the coming of our Redeemer – Jesus Christ.
We celebrate His birth at Bethlehem.
We celebrate His coming into our hearts now.

We celebrate His coming in glory at the end of time. 

· Our redemption is at hand. It is not yet but it is before us.
· The end times may seem fearful but we are encouraged to stand erect in hope and anticipation of what God is doing for us.
· We must remain faithful in spite of the distractions of daily life.
· While we wait for these events either in our lifetime or beyond, Jesus waits by us and with us.
· Is your life arranged to meet Him in His first, second and final coming?

Come Before Your God in Joy, Why?

Fourth Sunday in Advent

– Because a Savior has been born to us!  Our Hope has been fulfilled.

– Because the Lord says, “I have called you by name.  You are mine.  You are precious and honored in My sight.  Because I love you.”

– You have been called to the Mass to experience the gift of Jesus’ presence.  “All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God.  Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands: break into songs of praise!”

– Yet Christmas is only the beginning.  You have been called not only to worship but to carry out a unique mission in life.  You have been called in Hope, Thanksgiving, and Faith withich brings you to the ultimate state of joy.

– And God has a plan for you.  A profound plan to participate in building the kingdom.

– Jesus comes to us, let us bring Him to others.  Strengthened by Him in the Eucharist, you are now sent on your mission to bring Christ to your world.  No one else can do what you have been sent to do.  If you do not do it, it will not be done.

– Be not afraid.  He will go with you to guide and support you.  The Mass is your constant touch point to renew, nourish, and strengthen you.

Come Before Your God in Faith, Why?

Third Sunday of Advent

– Because it allows you to see beyond yourself and it allows you to see the Miracle.

– The Miracle is the very presence of Jesus Christ in the transformed Bread and Wine of the Mass.

– Jesus said, “I am the Living Bread that comes down from Heaven. Whoever eats this Bread will have life everlasting.”

– Faith allows us to see this as it happens. Faith allows you to see and experience Jesus not only coming before you but also becoming part of you…and you becoming part of Him.

– This is not a symbolic gesture or imagined event…it is Reality.

– When you receive Jesus in the Eucharist, the Miracle happens to you. But you must be present when this happens.

– Believe and your eyes will be opened.

Come before your God in Hope. Why?

First Sunday in Advent
  • What is it that you hope for? Is it the fulfillment of a dream or the termination of some unpleasantness?
  • You may be suffering because of worry, fear, disappointment in the loss of a person, or thing, or event. Or, you may desire a positive outcome of some situation for yourself or others.
  • God desires peace, success, and redemption for you. He wants peace for your life now. How this happens may not be what you expect, “My ways are not your ways.”
  • The Mass is the time and place where this can happen in your life. When we offer our success or suffering to God, it too can become a source of grace, peace and salvation both now and in the future.
  • At the offertory, place your life in Jesus’ hands explicitly. This is the ultimate prayer and act of worship for you. Combine your life with Jesus’ sacrifice and he will take your life with His to the Father. This is your hope.
  • And, “Be not afraid. I go before you always.”