Sunday, December 1, 2013

Today's Mass Readings - Sunday, December 1, 2013 with Reflection

First Sunday of Advent
1ST READING - Isaiah 2:1-5
This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it; many peoples shall come and say: “Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.” For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many  peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!
P S A L M - Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
I rejoiced because they said to me, “We will go up to the house of the Lord.” And now we have set foot within your gates, O Jerusalem. (R) Jerusalem, built as a city with compact unity. To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord. (R) According to the decree for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. In it are set up judgment seats, seats for the house of David. (R) Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you prosper! May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings. (R) 8Because of my brothers and friends I will say, “Peace be within you!” Because of the house of the Lord, our God, I will pray for your good. (R)
2ND READING - Romans 13:11-14
11 Brothers and sisters: You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; 12 the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and lust, not in rivalry and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, andmake no provision for the desires of the flesh.
Show us, Lord, your love; and grant us your salvation.
Matthew 24:37-44
37 Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. 39 They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. 42Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. 43 Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. 44 So too, you also must be  prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”



One of the changes I noticed in the Third Typical English Translation of the Mass is that the prayer immediately following the Our Father mentions that we are awaiting the “Blessed Hope,” which is the coming of Jesus in glory. This hope in the Second Coming of Jesus was very prominent in the Early Church and you can read it quite often in their attitudes, to the point that it seems they thought that Christ would come again in their lives. This is evident in 1 Thessalonians but, interestingly enough, not in 2 Thessalonians. What happened?

       We will not know what changed Paul’s mind in between the writing of those two epistles, but maybe after the first flush of his conversion he realized that Christ’s return may not be as soon as he first hoped or thought. It is important, however, that we do not allow apathy to take over and, thus, disregard the hope of His coming again. The hope of Jesus’ return can be a big motivating factor for us.

       One of the biggest challenges the Church faces today is apathy, that attitude or approach to the spiritual life that has lost any fervor or desire to be fully involved in the life of the Church. This can be the result of many factors that the Church needs to address if it is going to turn the situation around, but turn it around it must, as the life of the Church depends on all our involvement. It is also true that our individual salvation depends on our involvement as, with James, we must acknowledge that our faith is expressed in our works. Having faith means being a disciple of Jesus and doing what He would do in our situations.

       Let us never allow apathy to overcome us as we seek to give our best in the service of the Gospel and the Church in making known the Good News of salvation. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: How do you express your faith to the world? What involvement do you have in your parish community?
Holy Spirit, open my heart to receive the hope of the Second Coming of Jesus so that I will be more powerfully motivated to serve Him and my neighbor through the way I live my life.

Blessed John of Vercelli, pray for us.

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