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1st Sunday of Advent C

posted 29 Nov 2015, 08:31 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 29 Nov 2015, 16:25 by Jerry Laidler ]

29th Nov. 2015 1st

H.B. & Hw.

So what are we to make of all this talk of our futures?

How are we to cope with apocalyptic images and catastrophic symbols? What we do is: we go for the

essential revelation, the heart of the message. We open our minds and hearts to the message of consolation and hope. We are not headed for an eternal void and deathly silence. We are into encounter with the creator and each of us is loved into life upon life upon life.

This is what all the waiting is about. Throughout the human story we have awaited the Christ. We expect, we hope and we look out for the Christ. This is our Christian condition, evermore ready for, always expectant, excited even. We are bubbly, irrepressible and passionate about what has happened, is coming to pass and will be consummated through, with and in the One who comes. We are Advent people. Please excuse our irrepressible, restive excitability. We can't help ourselves! Our lives are Advent lives characterised by joyful expectation.

So our waiting and our expectation is guaranteed fulfilment. After all, we await the One who has already come and who walks with us even now. It is a question of depth and the fullness of life in Christ is limitless, infinite. There is and always will be more, more life, more love Hence the expression in our tradition of 'life upon life upon life'. We should àdd "love upon love upon Jove'; but then they are the same. And the Advent Christ is among us, not only in the Eucharist, in the Word, in the poor, in the Church but by grace, he lives in our hearts and in faith we experience this presence.
(Seamus Tuohy. O.P.)

So our waiting is not an empty biding of time. In Advent we do not let time pass. We are evermore spiritually aware of what is going on all around us. "The Son of Man is coming.. . with power and great glory". "(Our) liberation is near at hand". The real Christmas rush is that of the Spirit increasing our Jove and making us love one another and the whole human race.

So the words we hear today. . . are not directed to audiences other than us. These are appeals that we must heed in the midst of the difficulties and uncertainties of these times. (Jose A. Pagola) Have an exciting Advent. Be adventurous! "We are waiting in hope for the blessings of the glorious coming of our Saviour".