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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:08 am    Post subject: Advent  Reply with quote

I am inviting those of us who are Christians to post a Bible verse to reflect on each week in Advent, starting this Sunday.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matthew 24

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The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. 31 “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Parable of the Fig Tree

32 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 “Then there will be two men 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.



We are in the time of Advent, from the Latin Adventus, the time of the future we are unable to predict.
The birth of Jesus was the start of a time when we have to be ready. For one day, the sun will go out. And, as this passage tells us, this is a time when people will still be around, "“Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.".
None of us can predict this time, but it will happen, so we should be ready.
We were given a great gift in Jesus, and we should use that gift to help us lead the kind of life which is pleasing to God.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gospel reading from the 1962 Roman Missal for the First Sunday of Advent (Luke 21:25-33):

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And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves; Men withering away for fear, and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved; And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty. But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand. And he spoke to them in a similitude. See the fig tree, and all the trees: When they now shoot forth their fruit, you know that summer is nigh; So you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at hand. Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.


Therefore we see the same theme as the one you mention, especially in light of the Epistle preceeding the Gospel (Romans 13:11-14):

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And that knowing the season; that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.



For the Second Sunday of Advent we come to a different theme. In his epistle to the Romans (15:4-13) St. Paul shows that the Gentiles have been called and quotes some of the prophecies which show that the salvation of Christ (a root of Jesse) is for both Jew and Gentile, and that believing these prophecies we now have hope:

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For what things soever were written, were written for our learning: that through patience and the comfort of the scriptures, we might have hope. Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind one towards another, according to Jesus Christ: That with one mind, and with one mouth, you may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive one another, as Christ also hath received you unto the honour of God. For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and will sing to thy name. And again he saith: Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again: Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and magnify him, all ye people. And again Isaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse; and he that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing; that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Ghost.


In Gospel reading we hear how the precursor to Christ, St. John the Baptist, who was sent to prepare the way of the Messiah, asks if Jesus is the one who is prophesied to come (Matthew 11:2-10):

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Now when John had heard in prison the works of Christ: sending two of his disciples he said to him: Art thou he that art to come, or look we for another? And Jesus making answer said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he that shall not be scandalized in me. And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft garments? Behold they that are clothed in soft garments, are in the houses of kings. But what went you out to see? a prophet? yea I tell you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.


The theme of these readings should be obvious: that Jesus is the one who is spoken of in the Old Testament and that the prophecies are being fulfilled in him. This is important to see as we approach the Nativity, the 'fulness of time'. When we celebrate this great feast and adore the baby Jesus, the Liturgy has been reminding us that this is he whom the scriptures point to, that he is the one that Israel has hoped for for so long.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Paul!


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