November 29, 2020
First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64: 2-7
Psalm 80
1 Corinthians 1: 3-9
Mark 13: 33-37

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May We Progress in This New Year of Grace
To Know Jesus Christ In Others

The passage from the Prophet Isaiah is intriguing. It arouses my curiosity. Isaiah questions God, "Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?" Does God really let us wander from him? Who does the wandering?

Today we begin a new year of Grace. The First Sunday of Advent is the new year for Christians. And we begin again journeying in the direction of salvation. We cry out to God for direction, guidance, and his Grace. Amidst the challenges we are facing we surely need to assess, plan, and move forward hopefully on the road to salvation.

That the Church brings us through yearly and seasonal cycles becomes clearer in times of challenge. The chance to pause and evaluate where we have been, where we are now and where we will go shows its value. In His mercy God provides us with the opportunity to consciously move in a direction that not only permits us to overcome the mistakes and sins of the past but to boldly step out in a direction that is better than the past.

As we learned in the latter part of the year just ended, we are in the world but not of the world. While the Church stands distinct from the world its mission is to make disciples of all who are in the world. We who are the Church are to gladly reach out to other people. We share the joy of God's presence. Thus, we implore God to come to us.

Perhaps it is better said we open ourselves to God. God is always present to us just waiting for us to accept him. Regardless, the new year gives us an opportunity to freshen our relationship with God and all the people. Thus, we say in our response to Psalm 80, "Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved."

It is evident there is division among people in the world, in our nation and in our local communities. We must admit it. Such is not something that has cropped up recently. It has been growing for a few decades now. The nationalism and vitriol that has become so intense lately is the final symptom of the trend. But there is opportunity right now to change to a more understanding way of being.

The recurring opportunity in the Church to start again each year is a positive thing. This year Mark's Gospel asks us, "Who do you say that I am?" That is Jesus speaking. If we get closer to answering that question, we might get closer to a greater empathy for each other and those even outside our immediate circle. The Gospel story expresses an urgency. "Be watchful! Be alert!" That is be aware of who the Lord is and, moreover, where he may be found. In whom may The Lord be found?

This year of Grace let us watch. Let us look to recognize who Jesus is in the midst of all that is around us. May we see Jesus in the persons around us and beyond. May we progress in this year of Grace coming to know Jesus the Christ in all we meet. By doing so we may be renewed and ever closer to Peace on Earth.

Father Bob


Devine Mercy Chaplet

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Prayer for this Time of Challenge
(From the Divine Mercy Chaplet)

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a font of mercy for us, I trust in You!

(Repeat this three times every now and then during the day to settle your heart and soul.)

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November 29, 2020

First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64: 2-7 Psalm 80 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9 Mark 13: 33-37


Reading 1  IS 63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7

You, LORD, are our father,
our redeemer you are named forever.
Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your heritage.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you,
while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for,
such as they had not heard of from of old.
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you
doing such deeds for those who wait for him.
Would that you might meet us doing right,
that we were mindful of you in our ways!
Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful;
all of us have become like unclean people,
all our good deeds are like polluted rags;
we have all withered like leaves,
and our guilt carries us away like the wind.
There is none who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to cling to you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O LORD, you are our father;
we are the clay and you the potter:
we are all the work of your hands.


Responsorial Psalm PS 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19

R. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power,
and come to save us.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.


Reading II 1 COR 1:3-9

Brothers and sisters:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
that in him you were enriched in every way,
with all discourse and all knowledge,
as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end,
irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alleluia PS 85:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Show us Lord, your love;
and grant us your salvation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel MK 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”


Next Weeks Readings

December 6, 2020
The Second Sunday of Advent
Is40:1-5,9-11;2Pt3:8-14;Mk1:1-8