Advent is a time set aside by the Church to prepare for the Coming of the Lord, supposedly at Christmas. But this coming weekend's Scripture readings say nothing about Christmas. Instead, they encourage us to be ready for the final coming of the Lord.
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As a nation, we put this spiritual principle into practice through the annual celebration of Thanksgiving. On this one day, we slow down and fuss less, enjoy the company of loved ones and friends, and realize during grace before a delicious meal just how blessed we are.
I really found myself thinking about the plea of the Good Thief in this Sunday's Gospel. He knows that he messed up and acknowledged that his punishment was right and just. Probably he expected to hear judgmental words from Jesus, but instead he heard something entirely unexpected:"This day you...
I love these words of St. Paul in Sunday's Second Reading: "We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food."
Advent is three weeks away, and the Church begins to read selections from Scripture having to do with Christ's death, Resurrection, the second coming and the last times.
Littleness seems to be a dominant theme in Sunday's Scripture readings. The First Reading from Wisdom speaks of how the entire universe is but a grain of sand before the Lord. Furthermore, God created even the most miniscule things of the earth out of love. Furthermore, God corrects sinners...