This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: “The first step in the spiritual life is simple: you must see your life not as your own project but as a vehicle for God’s purposes. However, we are all absorbed in our own lives, forgetting that the road to God is one of self-forgetfulness. This disposition helps us to focus on Christ and his mission. But in order for us to do this we must be cleansed of all attachments and baptized in the fiery love of God. .…”
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.
This Sunday: “Have you heard about “God’s dream for the world”? Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, and this is the Sunday Soundbite for the Second Sunday of Advent. That phrase—God’s dream for the world—is a favorite expression of a colleague of mine to describe how he interprets Scripture passages like those from Isaiah and St. Paul in today’s liturgy. My friend says that God’s dream for the world is a vision of all of creation—reconciled, at peace, full of the justice and harmony intended for it by our Creator. .... .“
Advent is the (roughly) four week season before Christmas when many Christians (Catholic, etc) commemorate the first coming of Christ and anticipate his second coming. Advent can fall on any date between (and including) November 27 and December 3.