Sunday of Advent, 1998
The first reading this week (Isaiah 35:1-6,10) speaks of Godís promise
of an ideal world.
The Hebrew people were awaiting a Savior who would take them
from under the thumb of other nations. They were to have a great benevolent king
and they would be happy and prosperous. They thought this was to be a kingdom on
earth. The Jewish religion does not require the belief in an afterlife. (Some
Jews do and some donít.) It is a religion that sets rules of living for an
earthly life. Godís promise is to be fulfilled either in oneís own life or
In the letter to James (5: 7-10), early Christians are told to be patient.
We often get discouraged with illness and misfortune. We
question God when our prayers are not answered. We are reminded that Godís
promise is yet to come and not to expect Heaven in this life.
In the Gospel of
Matthew (11:2-11) Jesus tells the people that John is a messenger who prepares
the way for the Savior. Jesus also tells us that John is a prophet, but that
there will be prophets in Heaven much greater than him.
We are all called to be prophets by living Christ-inspired
lives. Only we can improve this world by living as Jesus taught us. At
the same time we prepare for the coming of Christ in Glory.
Advent is the time
of the year to become more aware of the promise of God. Are we expecting what we
think we need, or what God has promised?
We are asked to put the things of this life in perspective. What
is our ultimate goal? What is important for the health of our soul? What does God
ask of us?
Church Bulletin Articles
The members of the Liturgy Planning Ministry, meet before the major church seasons to discuss the "focus" of the season and how the liturgies can be used to bring the parishioners to a better understanding of the season. The members of this ministry include the pastor, liturgy staff members, music staff members, the head of the Art and Environment ministry, and several parishioners who have an interest and training of the subject. I am a member. One of the functions of a few of these members is to write articles for the parish weekly bulletin during these seasons. Articles that I have written are on this page.
Sunday of Advent, 1998
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