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Third Sunday of Advent Yr A: 12/15/2019

Advent 3: Yr A

John had his own idea of what the Christ, the anointed one, would be like. He expected a Messiah who would protect the righteous and punish the unrighteous. He saw Jesus eat with sinners, and assemble students rather than an army.
Instead of preaching hell-fire, Jesus preached grace.
Instead of punishing sinners, Jesus reached out to them.
Instead of building up a political kingdom, he preached about a heavenly kingdom.

John asked, ‘Jesus, are you the one, or should we wait for another?’

First Sunday of Advent Yr A: 12/01/2019

Advent 1: Yr A

Today we begin the holy season of Advent. And in this season of lengthening nights; of cold, wet weather; the change from fall colors in the trees to a grayish cast to everything; all of this darkness starts being overtaken with colored light bulbs, strings of sparkly garland, joyful music, warm memories of our time as children at this time of year, and by the glow of candlelight – all of these images of ‘light’ are represented by the first candle of Advent that we lit this morning.

Fourth Sunday of Advent: 12/23/2018

Advent IV C

Elizabeth’s senior life pregnancy most definitely caused a change in the plans she had made. She was suddenly no longer going to slow down the pace of life; retire in her ‘golden years’; or even sleep in more. In her old age she was going to be the mother of a baby boy; and not just any baby boy. Elizabeth was carrying John; whom an angel announced was going to prepare the way for Israel’s Messiah. God’s Plan brought a whole new direction to Elizabeth’s life.

Third Sunday of Advent: 12/16/2018

Advent III C

John understood that he was there to prepare the way for the Messiah; but the fact that Jesus was more concerned with healing, reconciliation, and love than repentance led John to question whether Jesus was really the One whom he was called to proclaim (Lk. 7:18-20). “Are you the one, or should we expect someone else?”

Third Sunday of Advent; 12/17/2017

3 Advent

John the Baptizer said that his task was to give witness that the Savior was about to arrive. And when he had given his witness, and when Jesus arrived, John told his followers that it was time for them to go to Jesus.

John’s job was not to be the focus, but to bring focus to Jesus.