Domingo, 30 de noviembre de 2014

Catholic Calendar and Daily Meditation
Sunday, November 30, 2014

The First Sunday of Advent

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Alleluia Psalm 85:8
Mark 13:33-37

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

Most people make resolutions on New Year's Day. And today is New Year's Day for the Church Year! It's a time to breathe a sigh of relief that we can wipe out all the mistakes of the past year, and start all over again! And what will be our resolve?

I have a few ideas: (1) Spend a few minutes every week discussing the Sunday readings with your spouse, other family member, or a friend. (2) Pray that God will give you inspiration to act on something that hits you as "right on target." (3) Remind all your friends that this is the season of Advent, NOT Christmas!

So what do the readings tell us this week? The first reading from the prophet Isaiah asks, "Why do you let us wander, O Lord?" Then later in the reading, the prophet takes hope in the mercy of God by saying, "We are the clay and you the potter; we are all the work of your hands." God is reminding us that He is totally in charge of His world, and that we need to give our full surrender to His plans for us, and His directions.

In the Second Reading, St. Paul tells the Corinthians that Christ will come soon, and we'd better make sure that we don't get careless about the right disposition for a Christian during every moment of his life. Of course, we can't be like a little child, always running to the window to spot Uncle Christopher's car in the driveway, making Mom a nervous wreck. But how the word "vigilant" fits Advent!

Jesus Himself, in today's Gospel, says to us,
"Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the lord of the house is coming.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping."

Advent is a time for us to go about our business of obeying God's directions for living, being found frequently in prayer and good works. St. Francis de Sales was asked one time by a nervous parishioner: "What will I do, what will I do?" St Francis replied, "Do the next loving thing."

Isn't that great advice for preparing for the coming of the Lord, whether for the joy of Christmas, or the Lord's final coming for us at the judgment?

Happy "New" Year!

Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )

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