December Newsletter: Stories of Advent

Mass Schedule

10:30 a.m. Charles Fillmore Chapel

December 1: First Sunday of Advent

                        Bishop Cliff Kroski

December 8: Second Sunday of Advent/

                        Feast of the Immaculate Conception

                        Bishop Janet Sunderland

December 15: Third Sunday of Advent

                        Bishop Cliff Kroski

December 22: Fourth Sunday f Advent

                        Bishop Janet Sunderland

December 25: Christmas Day

                        Bishops Kroski and Sunderland

December 29: Feast of the Holy Family

                        Bishop Cliff Kroski

 Christmas Donation

As we mentioned, Unity Temple is supporting The Redemptorist Social Services Center. We are making our holiday donations to this organization. If you write out a check, make it to Community of the Incarnation and we’ll donate as a group. They are also collecting new socks and underwear.

Reflection

     We begin Advent as we hear Isaiah’s prophecy that the Lord will “beat swords into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks.” There is a promise of an end to war and living in peace. May we heed these words as we once again begin our Advent journey into new light and new life.

     The first reading of the Second Sunday of Advent retells Isaiah’s prophesy, “a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse.” The spirit of the Lord shall be upon the one who comes. He shall come with justice and peace, and “the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid.” What wonderful images this Sunday brings.

The Gospel is the usual Advent reading of  John the Baptist crying, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” How are we preparing the Lord’s way this year?    

     The Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, continues Isaiah’s wonderful imagery: “The desert will exalt, the steppe will rejoice in bloom.” The reading promises that Emmanuel will “open the eyes of the blind, and the ears of the deaf.”

     The Gospel presents the story of John the Baptist in prison. John’s followers ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come?” Jesus tells the people that John is his messenger and “among those born of women there is no greater than John the Baptist.” How are we messengers of the Christ and of His Light and Love?

     The last Sunday of Advent presents Isaiah’s prophesy, “The virgin shall bear a son and call him Emmanuel.” The Gospel tells the story of Joseph’s visitation. He is told to be unafraid and trust. The angel repeats Isaiah’s prophesy that Mary will bear Emmanuel, “God with us.”     

      The expectation and prophecies are fulfilled as we celebrate Christmas amid light, carols, joy, and the proclamation from Isaiah. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”

            The last Sunday of December celebrates the Holy Family and reminds us that all families are called to holiness and wholeness.

     As we journey through these Sundays of Advent and celebrate the Christmas season, let us know that the joy, hope, love and light promised is fulfilled in each of us when we open ourselves to the light of the Christ.   Peace and Merry Christmas.

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