ADVENT 2018 Week 1

This year the members of St. Mary of the Sea/Holy Savior Parish will be sharing our thoughts on the Daily Gospel Readings.  We will be using Bishop Robert Barron’s Book  ADVENT REFLECTIONS BOOK as a guide. Books can be ordered directly from Wordonfire.org

Day 1: December 2, 2018

Gospel LK 21:25-28, 34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:  “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,  and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.  People will die of fright  in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen,  stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy  from carousing and drunkenness  and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.  For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth.Be vigilant at all times  and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Reflection:
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. In this season, we recall two central elements of our faith: the final coming of the Lord in glory and the incarnation of the Lord in the birth of Jesus. The key themes of the Advent season are watchful waiting, preparation, and justice.

Jesus warns his Disciples to beware of things that can corrupt our hearts… What pressures are we facing in our daily life that can corrupt our hearts?

Deacon Dave: How can I stay vigilant and keep my heart from being corrupt seems to be the question or command that Jesus is telling me. For me this advent season I am going to promise to give the Lord atleast 30 minutes a day of prayer, as well as to read scripture and meditate on it.  I am hoping by keeping myself in Front of him that will help me keep out the evil that the world throws at me.

 

 

 

 

Day 2: December 3, 2018

Gospel  MT 8:5-11

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”  He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.  I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”

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Day 3: December 4, 2018

Gospel LK 10:21-24

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things  from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father.  No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.  For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

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Day 4: December 5, 2018

Gospel MT 15:29-37

At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others.
They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.  The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking,
the deformed made whole,  the lame walking,  and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.  I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.”  The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place
to satisfy such a crowd?”  Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”  “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”  He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.  Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.  They all ate and were satisfied.  They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.

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Day 5: December 6, 2018

Gospel MT 7:21, 24-27

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.  But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.  And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.   The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.  And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

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Day 6: December 7, 2018

Gospel MT 9:27-31

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!”
When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,
“Do you believe that I can do this?”  “Yes, Lord,” they said to him.  Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”  And their eyes were opened.  Jesus warned them sternly,
“See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

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Day 7: Decmeber 8, 2018

GospelLK 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

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6 thoughts on “ADVENT 2018 Week 1

  1. In reading day one and pondering today’s Gospel, I see much that I need to do. One thing I will be doing for Lent is also taking up Father’s challenge of reading a chapter of Luke per day as there are 24 chapters in addition to what I do each day. Let us pray for each other to complete our quests.

  2. Reflecting on Dec.2 gospel reading – Advent- a time of preparation. This particular Gospel focuses on being prepared and staying prepared. It is a challenge. When I think about this continuing challenge of my daily life I am reminded of Jesus’ words (paraphrasing here) To love Hod above all and put Him first, and to love all others as we would be loved. It helps simplify things in my mind.
    Advent – to prepare. Simultaneously we are preparing for Christmas and all that means. We celebrate this rebirth and renewal of God’s love for us. It’s humbling. I often wonder, am I worthy? Jesus gave himself for us all. He wants us to have eternal life and peace. It’s up to us.

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