Advent is a time to prepare for the Lord’s coming. Isaiah reminds us to put God first. Romans shows us how putting God first affects the way we treat things and people. We start with the first moment of our day, using a prayer called the Morning Offering.
When we are expecting a little brother or sister, we need to get a place ready for them. Jesus is coming into our hearts, so we need to make our hearts ready for Him. This means making our hearts places of peace and love, and getting rid of hatred, sadness, and complaining thoughts. We should also remember to make a little Christmas list for Jesus. We should list a few gifts that we would like to receive from Him this Christmas.
The good news is that we’re expecting; we’re expecting the birth of the Savior. Just as new parents prepare their home to receive a new child, we should prepare our hearts to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. A very good way to prepare our hearts for Jesus is to make them a place of peace and joy. By avoiding complaints and focusing on the positive things, we can overcome our negativity to help our hearts be a place of peace and joy.
Advent, 4th Sunday. Every Advent season the Church encourages us to watch and wait for the coming of the Lord. If we have kept our eyes open, we have noticed moments of joy and peace. Joy and Peace are infallible signs of the presence of God. We have been watching for the coming of the Lord and we have discovered that He is already here. (23 Dec 2012)
Advent, 3rd Sunday. The Lord will be gathering the good to himself, but the evil he will “burn with unquenchable fire.” No one gets away with evil — not me, not you, not Adam Lanza. For those who are doing evil, this is very bad news. For those who are suffering the effects of evil, this is very good news. We have seen our darkness and sin, and our powerlessness to stop it. We need a Savior, and He is near, in our midst. Come Lord Jesus! Come and save us. (16 Dec 2012)
Advent, 2nd Sunday. Why does the Church tell us what not to do? Because she loves us and wants us to be happy. The Church wants us to avoid making a shipwreck of our lives. John the Baptist warns the people to “repent” — turn around — from their sin. Sin means missing the mark. Adjust your aim to shoot consistently at true excellence. Why does this matter? Because God made us for Himself. He wants His own glory to shine from within us and make us like lighthouses. Come, Lord Jesus. (9 Dec 2012)
Advent, 1st Sunday. Over Thanksgiving my brother thought he had plenty of time to pack, then he wasn’t ready in time. Jesus warns us in today’s Gospel that we need to stay ready for His coming: “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.” What if the so-called “Mayan Prophecy” is true and the world really does end on December 21, 2012? You have 19 days left. Or, what if your death comes even sooner? What do you need to change to be ready for Christ? Do you need to forgive someone, or make a good Confession? Christ is coming soon; start packing. (2 Dec 2012)
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeAdvent3 – Rejoice the Lord is Near (5:50) Advent, 3rd Sunday. [not recorded live] Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near (Phil 4:4-5) These are the words of our entrance antiphon for today’s Mass. It’s “pink …
Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeAdvent2 – Mountains and Valleys (7:43) Advent, 2nd Sunday. [not recorded live] Isaiah has good news for his people – God himself is coming to visit them. The mountains and hills will be made low and the valleys filled in to make way …