Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 3, 2017

Advent 1This is the First Sunday of Advent. “No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.” At the beginning of our liturgical year, and as we approach a new calendar year, we are called to be attentive for signs of God’s presence. So much of our world, our lives, are filled with busy-ness, confusion, chaos, polarization, unpredictability, struggle, disaster…

  • What do we need to let go of, what blocks us from recognizing the presence of Christ?
  • How can we make space for others and their viewpoints? For seeing the new thing God is doing?
  • We have a need for faith and trust, that God is with us. How, then, do we need to live differently?

We are challenged to simplify our lives - and our celebration of Christmas - so that we can focus on what’s really important, and help others who are suffering. “It is in the joyful simplicity of a life inspired by the Gospel and the Gospel's spirit of fraternal sharing that you will find the best remedy for sour criticism, paralyzing doubt and the temptation to make money the principle means and indeed the very measure of human advancement.” (Pope John Paul II, 1979 to U.S.) May we live more simply so we can recognize God’s presence, and help bring God’s love to birth in our lives and world!

The Sunday Readings:

  • Is 63: 16-17;19; 64: 2-7. Oh, that you would tear open the heavens and come down! Longing for God, for peace, and trusting in this God who is shaping us as a potter shapes clay.
  • 1 Cor 1: 3-9. We have been given every spiritual gift, everything we need, as we wait for the full revelation of God.
  • Mk 13: 33-37. We don’t know when or how God will come – so we need to be ready, and watch.

Of Note:

  • This weekend we will bless the Advent wreath, commission Communion Ministers and celebrate the Rite of Welcome for Candidates and Catechumens (at 9:00 AM Mass).
  • Advent materials for all ages are still available - pick them up in the Connector!
  • Pick up an ornament, if you can, from our Giving Tree, in the Connector. Each specifies a gift for an individual or family in need. Gifts need to be returned by Dec. 10.
  • 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; rehearsals begin Saturday, December 9, 2017.
  • Advent Opportunities for Reconciliation:
    • Individual Reconciliation on Saturday, December 9 and 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
    • Regional Communal Reconciliation at St. Aloysius, (Pewee Valley, KY) Wednesday December 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM.
    • Communal Celebration on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM, in the Worship Center.
  • Advent Daily Prayer Opportunities:
    • Rosary Prayer on Mondays at 5:00 PM, in the 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, 2017 6:50 AM in the Worship Center.
    • The Feast of Immaculate Conception Masses are at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 7, 2017  (Bi-lingual English and Spanish) and 8:30 AM (English) Friday December 8, 2017.
    • We will celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Spanish Mass at 5:30 AM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
    • Make some time for reflection during Advent. Use the Little Books provided in the Connector 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.