Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 10, 2017

2nd Sunday of AdventThis is the Second Sunday of Advent. God shepherds us, feeds us, gathers us, is faithful to divine promises, baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. Like John the Baptizer, we continually prepare for divine presence by living with faithfulness and openness to God and one another. We “make straight the way of the Lord” by eagerly welcoming God’s abiding presence, fully receiving with gratitude God’s good gifts of justice and peace - and living them out.

“No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.”

In the midst of everyday busy-ness and holiday preparations,

how will you choose to live more simply this week?

Rather than living on “auto-pilot,” how can you be open and curious

about the new things the Spirit is inviting into your life?

The Sunday Readings:

  • Is 40: 1-5. 9-11. Give comfort, make the way easy for the return.
  • 2 Pt 3: 8-14. God’s time and our time are very different. If we expect God’s gifts on our timeline, we may feel abandoned. We wait in patience for the new creation.
  • Mk 1: 1-8. The Gospel begins with the voice of the Baptizer. How do we “prepare the way of the Lord?” The work of salvation is God’s. Our preparation is openness to the divine initiative, ready to receive Christ’s presence and peace, and all the gifts promise

Of Note:

  • Wondering about “Marana tha?” This Aramaic phrase (the language Jesus and the first disciples spoke) can be translated as “Come, O Lord,” or as “the Lord is coming.” Found in our early Christian scriptures, it is a perfect prayer during Advent when we reflect on the many ways Jesus comes to us.
  • Please return your “Giving Tree” gifts to the Connector, by this Sunday, December 10, 2017. Look for the box that hold gifts for the organization your ornament specified.
  • Epiphany Family Christmas Eve Mass at 5:00 PM!
    • Help with singing, ringing, drama or playing stringed and wind instruments.
    • Sign up in the Connector, or call the Office for more information.
    • Rehearsals begin THIS Saturday, December 9, 2017!
  • Advent Opportunities for Reconciliation:
    • Individual Reconciliation on Saturday, December 9 & 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
    • Regional Communal Reconciliation at St. Aloysius, Wednesday December 13, 2017 7:00 PM.
    • Communal Celebration on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM, in the Worship Center.
    • We will celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Spanish Mass at 5:30 AM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017
  • Advent Daily Prayer Opportunities:
    • Rosary Prayer on Mondays at 5:00 PM, Chapel.
    • Weekday Mass Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 AM in the Worship Center.
    • Centering Prayer on Tuesdays (Section J) and Fridays (Library) at 9:15 AM.
    • Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, in the Chapel.
    • Taizé Contemplative Prayer on Friday, December 8, 20176:50 AM, in the Worship Center.
    • A special invitation: Come join our Latino brothers and sisters for Las Posadas, December 16 through 22, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Community Center. Each evening reenacts Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay. Your presence would be welcomed and appreciated!
    • Make some time for reflection during Advent. Use the booklets provided, or check out the daily reflections from the Center for Action and Contemplation Sign-up HERE to receive Fr. Richard Rohr’s free messages in your email Inbox every day or at the end of each week.
  • Christmas Season Schedule: Join us!
    • PLEASE NOTE: NO 11:30 AM Mass on December 24, 2017!
    • Christmas Eve Family Mass: Sunday, December 24, 2017, 5:00 PM
    • Christmas Eve Night: Sunday, December 24, 2017, 11:00 PM (prelude at 10:30 PM)
    • Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2017, 10:00 AM (The only Mass today.)
    • New Year’s Day - Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM: Feast of Mary the Mother of God & World Day of Prayer for Peace
    • Feast of Epiphany: Saturday, January  6, 2018, 5:30 PM and Sunday, January 7, 2018, , 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM. Our Feast Day! Remember to wear red.