Sunday

27 Nov 2022

First Sunday of Advent, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle First Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Isaiah 2:1-5  In days to come, the era of peace will be available to all who seek it.

Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  Peace finds its perfect center in the house of God.

Romans 13:11-14  We can all tell time; it is now the hour to take God’s reign seriously.

Matthew 24:37-44  Stay awake and be alert for the Great Arrival that is gaining on us.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

We know the birth of the Lord is an accomplished fact. What we do in Advent is prepare to celebrate his Incarnation—and thus our salvation—and to reflect on how Christ’s reign is still to be fulfilled.

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Exploring the word

While you’re waiting

Action heroes, credit cards, and Christmas Day. What do these three things have in common? They provide instant gratification for our chronic desire to see results.

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Homily stories

Speak for yourself

James Earl Jones has one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood (think Darth Vader in Star Wars, Mufasa in The Lion King, and “This is CNN”). Yet you might be surprised to learn that as a child he stuttered terribly and dreaded public speaking.

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Homily stories

Seek higher ground

We knew eventually it would happen again, but we never knew exactly when. When we moved into our bungalow we soon discovered that most of the basements on our block would flood whenever the rains fell too quickly—including ours.

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Homily stories

The secret to staying awake

My mother never had difficulty staying awake—she would wait up for every family member until they were home safe in their beds.

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Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Gathered together to rejoice in the house of the Lord, we beg pardon for our sins.

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Quotes

It is Advent again. We call this time Advent because it reminds us what comes from God for the creation of his Kingdom on Earth.

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