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November 6th, 2022
First Sunday in Advent
From Fr. Brito, Pastor
Today we begin our new year in the church. We begin and end the year with readings reminding us that we are ready and that we wake up. The message is urgent, now is the time to respond. We do not know when the Lord will come, but if we are always prepared to receive it, time is not important.
Now we live in the times that were predicted by the prophets. We are living in the times when the words of the prophet Isaiah are fulfilled. Jesus once said to his disciples: "How many people wanted to see what you see and hear what you hear." We are living in the times when we have access to the word of God. When God communicates directly with us through his own human life. God is with us, but many do not care and many do not want to hear or see. We ignore the Son of God because we prefer to be in darkness rather than living by the light.
Listen to what St. Paul tells us today:
“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;
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; ”
The Church reminds us that preparing for the coming of Christ is very important. Jesus, not just an another prophet, he is God with us, and tells us that we have to be prepared for the things that will happen. Jesus has left us with all the advantages to arrive safely in his kingdom. His word is true and his sacraments are sure, but many ignore the gifts he has left us for our good, let us not be counted among those who ignore this help.
Knowing that God sees everything, even the things that seem most hidden, we must live our lives as children of light, avoiding things that are selfish and shameful.
Now is the time to prepare for the coming of Jesus. We prepare to receive the Lord who wants to be born again in our hearts.
After the devastating out come of this passed election where the pro-abortion party overwhelmingly won our state's power and have pledged to make our state "the go to state for abortion", we should not loss heart because as St. Paul says “where sin abounds grace abounds all the more”. We need to tap into that grace that is available in this state that has be disgraced by the the sin of abortion.
“let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.” Amen