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1st Sunday of Advent

December 2nd, 2012

 

 

The End At The Beginning

 

 

Reading 1


Jer 33:14-16

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.
In those days Judah shall be safe
and Jerusalem shall dwell secure;
this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.”


Responsorial Psalm


Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14

R. (1b)  To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
and for you I wait all the day.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and teaches the humble his way.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.


Reading II


1 Thes 3:12-4:2

 

Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones.  Amen.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
and as you are conducting yourselves
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.


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.”

 

 

 

Today we start to tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth, that wonderful human being, that Son of God, called by so many of us as Christ, the anointed one.  The chosen one.  This story has been told again and again, year after year, for over two thousand years.  That is one of the reasons he remained with us and lives with us.  It is not the only reason.  It might seem strange that we began his story with his announcement of the end of this world.

 

He speaks about a sun that is fading away, about stars losing their shine.  He speaks about an end that will unavoidably come, and in this world, in this country, in this day time, there is much to be discussed about that.  He speaks about women and men at a total and final loss.

 

Why do we start telling about the end?  But, folks, my friends, brothers and sisters, is not every story that’s about the end also a story about a beginning?  Isn’t the last day always the dawn of a new day to come?  Isn’t a last look at the past, at the house we leave, at the dead we bury, always followed by a look into the future, at the things to come?

 

When Jesus speaks about the end in this scripture text,  he is thinking of a world that is going to disappear.  The world of corruption and sin, hatred and violence, jealousy and greed, war and murder we all know so very well, and a world and especially in this country of our today, a place where the name of God is mocked, denied, avoided, and refused to be the basis of all laws that we live by;  as it surrounds us like a second skin. 

 

When Jesus speaks about the end of the world, he is foretelling the new world to come, a better one, a different one:  The Kingdom of God, in which we will be changed.  Some call this only a dream, and they are wrong.  They have no hope.  Others hold that he only meant the new heaven to come.  They, too, neutralize what he really said and meant by adding things like:  “That end will come in four years’ time, in five years maybe, but surely by the year 2019 or 2020.”  Those prophets of doom say that God will finish this world in all-ending wrath, burning it away.

 

Is that what he meant when he said:  “The new Kingdom is among you?  Is that what he meant when he said:  “God out into the world and preach, baptizing it in the name of the Father, and the Son, and Holy Spirit?”  Is that what he meant when he broke his bread and shared his wine in that upper room there, to share like that all through this world remembering him here and now?  He not only spoke of a new heaven to come.  He also spoke about a new world to be formed:  A world recreated in his Spirit and given to us by his Spirit.

 

So folks, let us break up.  The dark is almost over, the dawn is very near.  You see, all of that stuff that is going on that is not of God in our world, in our country, they are the dark Jesus talked about.  Though perhaps they believe that a new world order is coming, but in reality, that new world that they speak of, is not of this world.  So now you should take comfort in knowing that God, like always before, is in control of the world that he created, and that he will take care of that darkness that is to end.  We do not know how.  For those of us who believe, we not need to know.  Thank you and God bless.  It is my prayer that this message was meaningful to you.  Have a great week ahead.

 

© Deacon Steve A. Politte

December 2nd, 2012

 

 

 

Climb Until Your Dreams Come True




Often your tasks will be many,
And more than you think you can do
Often the road will be rugged
And the hills insurmountable, too


Always remember, the hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem
And with faith in your heart start upward
And climb till you reach your dream


Nothing in life that is worthy
Is ever to hard to achieve
If you have the courage to try it
And you have the faith to believe...



Faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill
And many defeats turn to triumph
If you trust in God's wisdom and will


Faith is a mover of mountains,
There's that God cannot do,
So start out today with faith in your heart
And 'Climb Until Your Dream Comes True''.




Written By B.J.Morbitzer

11/18/2012

 






 

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