The Challenge of Advent

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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1st Sunday of Advent C
There is an interesting contrast presented in the Gospels. There are strange signs in the sun, the moon and the stars which sends the whole earth into dismay. It is so great that people will literally, “die of fright.” And I get that. Imagine the commotion and the confusion that ensues when the sun, moon, stars and seas start getting funky. Yet, Jesus says that his believers must act in a different way. “But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” Indeed, raising our heads will allow us to see the Son of Man coming in glory. How great is the difference between those who fear and those who meet their trials head on for they witness the coming of the Lord.
In the midst of the same set of circumstances, people stand in…

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