Homily 2nd Sunday Advent.

Take off your robe of mourning and misery, put on the splendor of glory “from God,” wrap yourself in justice “from God.” God will show all the earth your splendor, so look to the East and see your children from east to west gathered by the Holy One. 
What a great message from the prophet for these people returning from years of exile.
God is leading His people in joy, with mercy and justice for company.   

We just spent a month remembering our deceased loved ones, now is the time to take off that robe and put on cloak of hope and expectation. 
Isn't this the right time in your life to decide to leave grief behind and to move on, to look east to experience a new sunrise? As the days will soon get longer, our hope increases and as Christmas nears our joy leads us to being grateful, for we have come through much already input lives.  Think for a moment on what you are grateful for .... Don't you experience great happiness just remembering all that!

The scriptures are speaking to us this morning in a very affirmative way. Paul is praising his community in Philippi because of their commitment to the Gospel.  You are committed to the gospel too, or you wouldn't be here. So God is happy. How do you experience God being fond of you? Where in your life is He bringing you peace? God sees the growth in you.  Tap into what He sees, for he is making your rough ways smooth, and winding roads straight.  Prepare for him to work within you by entering into your own wilderness, or desert, and now work at changing what needs to change in your spiritual life.  

We just celebrated our Lady's feast day, patroness of our Country, and later today we will honor her as the patroness of north and South America, and finally on Wednesday celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  When the faith was just getting firmed up in Mexico Mary appeared as a pregnant woman blotting out the Aztec son, so the new world could receive her son Jesus, the Light God the Father sent into our world. 

Our world today needs the Light of Christ, and you are that light. Ask God 
to give you the grace and strength to be a clear light in our troubled world, a light of peace, justice, fairness, and a source of unity. 

Fr. Jim


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