Homily :: December 3, 2017
12/03/17: First Sunday of Advent
12/03/17: First Sunday of Advent - Fr Dave Reeson
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12/03/17: First Sunday of Advent - Fr Pat Nields
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The Gospel today comes from the apocalyptic genre speaking of the end times and the necessity of being alert and ready. In mentioning the four hours of the night watch, we are given a foreshadowing of the passion narrative trial which will take place on the same timetable. Mark has no elaborate last judgment scene like Matthew, so this passage advises the disciples and by extension the Christian community hearing this proclaimed to always be alert and ready. If Mark was written for a community under persecution, this passage is all the more pointed in telling them to be ready to give witness and testify to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God.
The passage from Isaiah is almost like a psalm. It recalls God’s saving deeds in the past, recognizes the sin of Israel and ends with a plea for mercy. The prophet Isaiah in despair pleads, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down…” Israel’s experience of difficulty is interpreted by the prophet as evidence of God’s anger at a sinful people. The final words are prescient in asking God to work with the people as a potter forms clay. Psalm 80 is a hymn of lament calling upon God’s power to save the people of Israel. The passage from First Corinthians speaks of the steadfastness of faith with which God will keep his people.
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