Un Adviento hermoso y transformativo

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I Domingo de Adviento, Año C: 2 Diciembre 2012
Jr 33, 14-16; Sal 24; 1 Tes 3, 12—4, 2; Lc 21, 25-28.34-36

Cuando leemos los libros de los profetas en el Antiguo Testamento, antes de la venida de Cristo, vemos muchas referencias al “Día del Señor.” Y, por la referencia primera, en el libro del profeta Amós, podemos discernir que ya hubo una esperanza popular de que, cuando llegara ese día, sería un día de bendiciones para ellos, un día de luz, un día de recompensas. Y respondió Amós: “¡Ay de los que desean el día del Señor! ¿Para qué quieren este día del Señor? Será de tinieblas y no de luz.” (Am 5, 18)

Y, por los profetas, fue revelado que el Día del Señor tendrá dos aspectos: castigo para los pecadores, y salvación para los justos. Y oímos esto también de nuestro Señor Jesús, en la lectura del Evangelio de hoy, cuando habla de su Segunda Venida. (more…)

Advent: Be vigilant, be prepared, live in expectation!

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 2, 2012
Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25; 1 Thess 3:12–4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

When we read in the books of the prophets in the Old Testament, before the coming of Christ, we find many references to the “Day of the Lord.” Indeed, from the very first reference, in the book of the prophet Amos, we can tell that there was already a popular expectation among the people that, when this day came, it would be a positive day of blessing for them, a day of light, a day when the Lord would make everything good for his People. And Amos responded: “Woe to those who yearn for the day of the Lord! What will this day of the Lord mean for you? Darkness and not light!” (Amos 5:18ff)

And what we then see unfolded more clearly by the prophets is the understanding that the Day of Lord will have two sides to it: punishment for sinners, and salvation for the righteous. And this is what we also hear in the words of our Lord Jesus in today’s Gospel reading, about his Second Coming. (more…)

Rejoice! Jesus is coming soon!

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 18, 2012
Dan 12:1-3; Ps 16; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

At this time of year, the days are getting darker, the weather is getting colder; and our liturgical year is coming to its end. Today is the second-last Sunday of the liturgical year, and the last one in which we will hear from the Gospel according to Mark in this Year B of the lectionary cycle. And today we hear a portion of Chapter 13 of that Gospel, in which Jesus is telling his disciples what to expect in the future—so that this chapter is sometimes known as the “Little Apocalypse.”

And we notice that he cautions them: “Of that day or hour, no one knows.” (more…)

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…)

An explanatory Mass in Advent

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During the Advent Season we prepare for the Second Coming of Christ. In talks from an explanatory Mass, Father Dan explores how the Mass is a “pledge of the glory to come” and a participation in the worship of heaven; and how “ad orientem” celebration fits well with Advent. He also introduces us to the sacred vessels and cloths used in the Mass, and ties it all together with a homily on John the Baptist’s message to us.