Saturday, December 2, 2017

12-03-17 -- 1st Sunday of Advent, Year B

Dec. 3, 2017 - 1st Sunday of Advent, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church

In this three week run up to Christmas, we can lose ourselves in everything that’s wrong with this season. Christmas has become so commercialized that we can get caught up in having a completely secular Christmas.

We can get lost in Black Friday and Cyber Monday and all the promotional emails that flood our inboxes. We can forget that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ.

So the church gives us the season of Advent to remember that it’s almost the season. And the season of Advent is a time for us to watch and wait and prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ into our lives.

In order to combat everything that’s wrong with Christmas, I think we need to do something during the season of Advent to help us prepare. I think we need to do something to help us watch and wait for the coming of Jesus Christ into our lives.

I do have a few suggestions. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Dynamic Catholic we are able to provide, at no cost to you, a book to read during the season of Advent. Copies of the book can be found at the entrances of the church. The book we’ve chosen is, “Everybody needs to forgive somebody.”

And that is so very true. Everybody needs to forgive somebody.

But not only that, we each need to be forgiven by somebody for something we’ve done. So, we could spend this Advent season working on forgiving and being forgiven.

Another thing we could do is visit our friends at Dynamic and sign up for the best Advent ever. We would then receive, via email, short Advent videos each day.

These meditational videos would be a daily reminder that Advent is almost the season, a time to watch and wait for Jesus Christ to come into our lives. This could be our daily reminder of everything that’s right with Christmas.
Or we could all make a special effort to attend the ecclesiology class this Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock in the cafeteria. I’m going to have a special Advent stand-alone class. It’s not necessary for you to have come to any of the other classes in order to come to this one.

We’re going to be looking at the two most important documents from the Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes and Lumen Gentium. Studying these two documents can help us grow in our understanding of and appreciation for our Catholic faith.

If none these things speak to you, then you could just watch and wait as Jesus calls us to do.

The anticipation builds during these next three weeks, the excitement we feel waiting for a package to arrive or waiting for a guest to come. We watch and wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

If we choose to do nothing, it’s likely that we will get caught up in everything that’s wrong with Christmas. Christmas is not a secular holiday. Christmas is a religious holiday.

Christmas is our religious celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is not about wishing others happy holidays. Christmas is about what God has done and is doing for us.

And Advent is almost the season. Advent is the time for us to remember everything that’s right with Christmas, the time when we watch and wait and prepare for the coming of the Lord.

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