The first sunday of advent – c – december 02, 2018 notes from didymus electricity lessons ks1


What are your thoughts as we begin this new Liturgical Year? Is your faith being challenged by the events reported on the nightly news? The wars and accompanying atrocities go on and on. Death tolls mount. Children die from starvation, or from lethal gas, or from being crushed in the rubble. There are natural disasters. Fires raged on the California coast. As I write this, over 70 are known dead, with over 1000 missing. electricity bill saudi electricity company Perhaps you have suffered the loss of a loved one, or are watching as a loved one sinks into dementia and you grieve. Perhaps your marriage has unraveled and you feel betrayed and abandoned. As you sit under the Word this Sunday, what is the message you would like to hear?

I asked a friend that question the other day. The answer I got? “Just tell me it is going to get better, that these troubles will end.” Remember what the word Gospel means. Good news. electricity merit badge worksheet answers This Liturgical Year we will hear the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ as it comes to us from Luke. Each time we stand for the proclamation, we will stand to let the Good News wash over us and inspire our assent. We will open ourselves to the grace of our ongoing conversion, our continuing transformation into the Body of Christ, i.e., the Church that is the people of God. In that context and inspired by the Spirit strengthening our faith, even difficult scriptures become Good News because of the hope they engender.

As we enter into the Season of Advent, remember that there are two comings the season proclaims: The Birth of Christ, and Christ’s coming in glory at the end of time. The renewal of the first strengthens our hope for the second. What is key for us as we journey through Advent is the sense of longing. We long for the rebirth of Christ in our lives, and we long for Christ’s return in glory, when all that is promised will be fulfilled. So, enter into the silence. Sit with the Word. Let your heart be open. Listen.

The reading from Jeremiah should resonate with us. The times in which it was written were desperate. electricity symbols worksheet Four centuries after the era of King David, Jerusalem is in shambles and the Jews are enslaved by the Babylonians. The people are enshrouded in the darkness of despair, convinced the terrible times will never end. Will Jerusalem ever be restored? There are not a few people struggling through similar thoughts in our own times. In our country sexism, racism, elitism, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, when have we been more divided? Have you noticed how popular apocalyptic stories are these days? Some are warning that the end of everything is going to happen soon, maybe in 2019. There is no shortage of evidence. Why shouldn’t we despair?

Jeremiah says to the troubled and nearly broken people: The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the House of Israel and to Judah. The Lord had promised that David’s reign would last forever. What the people suffered seemed to say there was no way that promise could be realized. What physical evidence could the people seize upon to support their hope in the promise? I will raise up for David a just shoot…in those days Judah shall be safe. The prophecy serves to strengthen the people so that they can be faithful to the One who chose them to be a people peculiarly God’s own and to believe that God would never abandon them.

Jesus speaks to us from those final days before his passion, those final days before his disciples will witness the greatest test to their faith in him. Jesus warns that the apocalyptic times will be filled with dreadful signs in the heavens and disastrous natural events on earth that will terrify even the strongest. o gosh corpus christi People will die of fright before the roaring wind and rushing waters. There is no mention of earthquakes, but they might happen, too.

The challenge for disciples, those who walk with Jesus and believe in him, is to be different from the rest of people and stand tall in the face of all this turmoil, suffering and death, as we recognize in these dreadful signs that our redemption is at hand. Did you hear Jesus say that that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth? Remember that this is Gospel, Good News. Why? Because even in the face of the worst that can happen, Jesus is our hope and deliverance. In these days of scandal in the church when many are saying they can no longer participate, we must hear Paul’s words first addressed to the church at Thessalonica. May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all. static electricity images In other words, Paul is urging them and us to live what we have become through Baptism. We are to be Christ’s other self and do what Jesus did. It is all about love, love that binds the community together and reaches out even to those who are not part of the community. Imitate Christ who came not to be served but to serve. Be a people whose lives give evidence to the fact that we believe, that our hope is in our Lord Jesus Christ, that like him we are willing to pour out our lives in service so that even the least will feel the embrace of God’s love that comes to us through Jesus. Pray for the renewal and direction that may come out of the Bishops meeting with Pope Francis in February. May it be the start of the reformation the church must experience now.

Is it clear now why the Eucharist is at the center of our faith lives? Does it make sense that our lives revolve around the Sunday celebration of Eucharist? We come together at the Table of the Word to be transformed by the proclamation. Wearied by the labors of the past week, we gather at the Table of the Bread to be transformed by the Eucharist we celebrate in the renewing of Christ’s dying and rising. The Assembly is transformed into the Body of Christ and is sent out for another week to be that presence in the market place. Just as the Bread was broken and the Cup poured out so that we could share the Meal, so must we be broken and poured out until all are fed.

Perhaps this Advent it is important for us to make the operative word for us to be all. There is no shortage of those sewing the seeds of judgmentalism, fundamentalism, and division. Even in the Church, there are those telling others they are unworthy to approach the Table. That carries with it the judgment of their being sinners and therefore condemned. Are we forgetting that we are all sinners and that our forgiveness is in, with, and through Christ? Jesus did warn that what we sow we would reap. gas bubble in chest and back What does that say about sowing the seeds of judgment and condemnation? Look around your parish. Experience the Assembly. Is it clear that ALL are welcome here? Jesus was condemned because he welcomed sinners and ate with them. Could your parish be, too?

These are dark days. The Advent Season for us in the Northern Hemisphere happens as the daylight hours are fewest. Maybe this year we should focus on the darkness and imagine what our lives would be like without our faith, what it would be like to be still in our sins. When the darkness threatens to envelop us, then remember the light whose coming we will celebrate this Christmas.