These Advent homilies have been focused upon the appearance or arrival (advent) of our God in mystery and majesty. This fourth week is the addition to that reflection of the coming of our God in history. Remember, history, mystery and majesty!
The scriptures turn us to two important facts of history: the Visitation of Mary to the house of Elizabeth and the anticipated birth of the "human face of God". The psalm pleads with God that "He would show us His face". The pregnant Mary carries within her that "face". She and Elizabeth are hailed, in a sense, because they were the first to believe that Jesus is the human face of God born in time, born to them.
This human appearance (advent) of our God in Jesus in the manger at Bethlehem is the single greatest moment in divine-human relations since the creation of Adam and Eve. Can we see who He is? Can we see who we are? All creation rejoices in the light of His face.
Do you believe? Do I believe? How might our lives be different if we believed differently, more deeply, more personally? Let me know.
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My mass schedule for the coming feasts is:
December 19/20: Saturday-4:00pm, Sunday-12:30pm
December 24/Christmas Eve: 4:00pm(church) and 10:00pm (church),
December 25/Christmas Day: 9:30am
December 26/27: Saturday-4:00pm, Sunday-11:00am
December 31: New Year's Eve/Mary, Mother of God - 4:00pm
The other homilies of Advent are available at "Estok Homily Library" just to your upper right >>>>>>>
Get into the ring! How this works...
This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily idea...my main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!