Esperar con emoción la venida del Señor

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II Domingo de Adviento, Año B: 4 Diciembre 2011
Is 40, 1-5.9-11; Sal 84; 2 Pe 3, 8-14; Mc 1, 1-8

Lo que oímos en la primera lectura es un mensaje de gran gozo. El Señor dice: “Consuelen, consuelen a mi pueblo.” El contexto era el exilio a Babilonia: cuando el reino del sur de Judá había vencido, el capital de Jerusalén destruido, el Templo del Señor encendido, y tanta gente noble y educada deportada a la tierra de Babilonia. Era el gran trauma para el Pueblo de Israel, con dolor y confusión.

Y en esta situación viene la palabra del Señor: ¡los exilios regresarán! Un camino será preparado en el desierto—con valles elevados, montes rebajados, y torcidos enderezados, para hacer este camino, desde la tierra del exilio, hasta la Tierra Santa, su hogar. (more…)

Awaiting Christ’s Second Coming with excitement

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2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B: Dec. 4, 2011
Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85; 2 Pet 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8

Last year I realized something about this Advent season. That word “Advent” of course translates the Latin Adventus; and what I realized, and discovered was true, is that Adventus translates the Greek Parousia. Most of you are saying, so what? But any of you who are sort of Scripture nerds like me know that that word Parousia lights up the sky. For that is the word used in the original language of the New Testament to speak of Christ’s Second Coming.

And this filled the apostles with excitement and anticipation as they proclaimed the good news about Jesus Christ. (more…)

To run forth to meet our Lord Jesus at his coming

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year B: Nov. 27, 2011
Isa 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7; Ps 80; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37

Each year, for many people, the week of Thanksgiving brings many periods of watchful expectation. For these days include journeys, arrivals, and wonderful events that follow at the destination. How many children in how many cars will ask, “Are we there yet??” Well, that’s one kind of expectation! But perhaps we do better to think of the child inside the house looking out the front window and asking, “When will Grandma and Grandpa get here? Or my aunt or uncle? My cousins?”

And what is it that fills the hours and days before their arrival? (more…)