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Strong Son of God, immortal Love,
Whom we, that have not seen thy face,
By faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove;
Our little systems have their day;
They have their day and cease to be:
They are but broken lights of thee,
And thou, O Lord, art more than they.
Today, on the Third Day of Christmas, we commemorate St. John, who with his brother, St. James the Greater, was one of the first apostles to answer the call of Jesus Christ and the last apostle to fall asleep in the Lord, in the year 100 A.D. Traditionally, he is considered the author of…
HOMILY for 1st Sunday of Advent (C)
People “fainting with fear and with foreboding…” Perhaps this is how you feel when December comes round, and you know that there’s just over three weeks until Christmas. Advent thus becomes a time of frantic preparation, a count-down in which time is running out, stress levels rise; Advent thus becomes a time to be dreaded. And this is so if we’ve given in to the secular demands of this time of year, if we allow the supermarkets, advertisers, and general consumerism dictate the rhythm of the year.
But it does not have to be so. The Church has its own liturgical rhythm and pace, and so, we begin our new liturgical year today. And we’re invited to step into the Liturgy which shapes the year according to the mysteries of Christ’s life, so that our life is formed by Christ’s, so that we begin to breathe with the Spirit, and walk in step with Jesus. So, if we’ve come to the Liturgy harassed and out of breath because of the many demands on our time, the many pressures of the end of the secular year, then we may need to slow down and breathe deeply, allowing God’s Breath, the Holy Spirit to inspire us before we expire from all the strain of our daily life. If we’ve been running, Jesus invites us to walk with him, to even sit and rest in him. The Liturgy invites us to do this because we’re to “take heed to yourselves”, to look after ourselves.
We’re to beware of “dissipation, drunkenness and cares of this life” which weigh down our hearts. So Christ points to those burdens of a secular Advent which cause such anxiety. Dissipation, which means “wasteful expenditure or consumption”, with the credit cards bills that await us in the new year; Drunkenness, which brings a momentary escape but crushing hang-overs, more bills, and no solutions; and the cares of this life, the many anxieties, worries, and heartaches that family reunions can remind us of at this time.
Our loving Jesus knows these burdens and anxieties, he knows our troubles and distress. But he says to us: “When these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near”. That is to say that in our need, he is at hand. He is here with us to strengthen us with his grace, to help us to cope and survive this time. But we have to expect him, to watch for him, to seek his gracious help.
A homily by Father Phillip N. Powell, OP for the Solemnity of Christ the King
“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to his voice. Everyone who belongs to goodness sees his work. Everyone who belongs to beauty touches his face.”