November 27, 2022
First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44

" What Is the Value of the Season Of Advent? "

As Roman Catholic Christians we must walk on Earth and at the same time transcend it. Our “job” is to watch and prepare for Jesus’ second coming while establishing the Kingdom now.

To this end the Church has a well-developed Liturgical year. There is a flow and rhythm that guides us along our path to the vigilance we need to recognize God’s presence and guidance. We hope to be ready for Jesus’ second coming. That is the purpose of the Season of Advent that we begin today. Sometimes, however, the Season of Advent is not only a preparation for the second coming but for some people it is somewhat of a “first coming”.

What has become of your life? Perhaps this Advent is a first coming for you. You are returning after some time away from community. You need renewal. While you read this column you may see it as a personal calling. It is an opportunity to redirect your life journey.

Do not be afraid. Get on to the path of salvation. Direct your life in the direction of the Sun of justice. Let the Sun’s healing rays touch you. Let the rays illuminate the goodness that is already in you. Inside you is the spark of the Divine.

Do you think it is too late to redirect your path in life? As it is always said, “it is never too late”. In fact, you may not only return to the original goodness from the time of your baptism, but you may surpass it! The Prophet Isaiah has something to say about this.

In today’s first reading Isaiah calls the exiled people back to the land that was entrusted to them, the Promised Land. It had been destroyed by Babylon. They were living in exile in Babylon. Many of the people established themselves with good lives in Babylon.

When it was time to return, many people did not want to return to the “promised land”. The effort to rebuild it was too great a task. Yet, through Isaiah, God called the people back. The prophet pointed out that indeed not only would the land be restored but it would excel. Jerusalem will be raised higher than any other nation. The matter was not simply secular. It was a mission.

Patience was going to be necessary. Recovery of the land will take time. Rebuilding the place of worship will take much effort. Moreover, the spiritual and moral journey to salvation must be approached with urgency. The people of God must be an example of Justice to all the world. It was not just for themselves.

Every generation must recognize its role in spreading the Good News. In this era, we have the Messiah, Jesus Christ through his Holy Spirit. There is even greater cause to get the word out. As Saint Paul tells us in the second reading we must “wake up”. We must wake up from the ways that lead one astray. Once awakened then all must stay watchful.

Finally, in the Gospel, Jesus tells us to be prepared, “for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come”.

Let us all heed the call to repentance. Turn life around and get moving in the right direction. Do not be caught off guard. This IS the value of Advent. It gives us the time to reflect and even relax a little bit. God will guide us and will guide you! By the Holy Spirit through His Church, we will see the guidance. The Scripture Readings and prayers of Advent will give us what we need to hear and what we need to say.

Through the practice and Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church we will walk on this Earth and at the same time transcend it.

Peace and Blessings,
Father Bob


Father Bob's Video Reflections

Each week Father Bob records his Video Reflection. The videos from Father are a somewhat intimate talk and produced as an additional resource to help understand Sundays Scripture readings, just as the bulletin contains a written version. These added resources are not meant to replace attending Sunday Liturgy. We must still come together to experience the fulness of God’s Love and grace for us is in the Sacraments.

Please take the time to watch Fathers video, as well as finding time to join us on Thursday evenings, at 7:00 pm for Scripture Sharing. Doing so will help you gain a greater understanding of each weeks Mass.

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Advent

Regulars here recall this is the New Year of the Church. It is not Christmas Season regardless of the advertisements.

It is a period of preparation to celebrate the first coming of Jesus the King and of preparation for His second coming.

Thus, we practicing Christians may prepare decorations and gifts. HOWEVER, we DO NOT decorate the house as though it is already Christmas. We decorate in the spirit of this season of anticipation. Prepare an Advent Wreath and use light purple colors around the house. Pay particular attention to the scripture readings being use in the Sunday Liturgies.

Thank you for properly observing the TRUE faith Tradition of Christianity.

Make time During the day....

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1. Thanksgiving. As you awake give thanks for life, relative health, the day, etc. Just express gratitude.
2. Pray for Insight. As your day gets going such as arrival at school or at work pray for direction, wisdom, and discernment from God. Ask that God guides you through the day and that He enlightens you.
3. “Where Is God?” After Lunch reflect on what has occupied your mind during the morning. How have you been asked to act based on how God has guided you up to this point. This will give direction for the rest of the day.
4. Petitions. Look at the day’s experiences and ask God’s grace to touch all the day’s situations. For example, what people entered into your life that can use God’s love?
5. Reflection and resolution. What elements of the day gave glory to God? What do you need to do tomorrow to give glory to God? In what way can you reform what you did today to do so?

Whatever you do to pray, be persistent.

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The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ
have Mercy on me
a Poor Sinner.

Scripture

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Reading the Bible in order to
deepen our relationship with Jesus.
It is important to read the Bible in order to understand our Catholic faith better and be able to pass it on to others. It is important to read the Bible in order to live holy Christian lives.

Spending time reading the upcoming weeks scripture will enhance you experience at Mass.

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Sacraments of Christian Initiation

Sacraments of Healing

Sacraments of Service

This Weeks Readings


1st Reading

Is 11:1-10

On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
a spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
but he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land's afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
the calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra's den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.
On that day, the root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
the Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

R. (cf. 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king's son;
he shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

2nd Reading

Rom 15:4-9

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
John wore clothing made of camel's hair
and had a leather belt around his waist.
His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
and the whole region around the Jordan
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
'We have Abraham as our father.'
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

Alleluia

Cf. Ps 85:8

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

Gospel

Mt 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
"As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
"Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!"
And when he saw them, he said,
"Go show yourselves to the priests."
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
"Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
Then he said to him, "Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you."

Scripture Readings for:

December 11, 2022
Third Sunday of Advent
Gaudete Sunday
Isaiah 35:1-6a,10
Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11


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