3 Dec 2023

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


Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7  May God return for our sake, though we are undeserving of the encounter.

Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19  God will care for the vine planted with the right hand of salvation.

1 Corinthians 1:3-9  We lack for nothing as we wait for the day of the Lord’s coming.

Mark 13:33-37  We do not know the time of the Lord’s arrival.

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Homilist’s overview of December

Liturgical themes and feasts

At the close of the calendar year, our perception of time changes. We enter into the Advent season marked by darkness and light, waning and hopefulness. Feasts centering or featuring Mary's unique roles in history abound: Immaculate Conception (8), Our Lady of Guadalupe (12), Christmas (25), the Holy Family (31).

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

As Advent begins, moments of inner preparation are important. Give yourself enough undistracted time to focus on how these Advent readings speak to your heart.

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Exploring the word

Now is the time

Someone ought to find out what time is made of and get a patent on the stuff. Think of the possibilities!

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Homily stories

Waiting for what?

As a newly ordained deacon, I arrived on July 1 for my internship at an inner-city parish with a sprawling rectory housing three priests, a beautiful gothic church, and a 1950s window and steel school building.

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Homily stories

But I wasn’t ready!

A lot of people report having dreams where they show up at a high school or college class for the first time all semester only to find out it’s time for their final exam.

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Homily stories

New boundaries

One of modern American life’s rites of passage is the moment when a teenager is issued a driver’s license. For the teen it becomes the ultimate symbol of freedom, of having grown up, of independence from the family.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

As we enter Advent, we are mindful of our need to repent and prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. Let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

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Advent increases our hope. A hope which does not disappoint. The Lord never lets us down.

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