Sunday, December 2, 2012

1st Sunday of Advent

BEADS OF JOY 12-02-12 “1st Sunday of Advent”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,
Today is the First Sunday of Advent: What are you waiting for? What are you hoping for? What does this entire Season of Advent mean to you? Let’s see what answers we might consider? We are waiting for the birth of Jesus in a manger… We are hoping that His birth brings us a grace that will save us… And to me this entire Season of Advent is all about Anticipation and Hope. It’s also a wonderful, spiritual journey; one that we can take alone and one that we can take with our community. In our Hope, let’s keep that Hope in God and not in the things of this world. How do you think of Hope? Do you realize this Season of Advent rests all its Hope in a newborn baby, a baby that will be born poor and in a manger?
Look for the light in the sky, and follow after it… just kidding, if you’re like me, you’d end up following an airplane into an airport; and then after that have to deal with a pat down. LOL. Sorry, but I will go back to that thought. Jesus is the light, oh yes He is: He was before He was born, He was at the Transfiguration, He was at His Resurrection and He is today in our lives. The time is here, the time has come… What are you waiting for?
Today’s Gospel is Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 (Second Coming – Watch At All Times). Temptations untamed will be our undoing, we tend to be passive and we even fall asleep spiritually as we live through this life. Starting today let us ask God to fill our lives and our thoughts with His Hope and His Grace and a fresh view on what’s to come through Him. Through God we are given strength, strength to overcome temptation. Our focus must be fixed on Jesus, He is to be born, He will be born; He will save us; He will always love us; He has always loved us. The things of this world only distract us and keep us from Jesus; I challenge you to remove one by one all of the things that are in your life, that keep you away from Jesus. In your Hope; Hope and focus on His ways to become your ways. Ask for His blessings and His love; He will give them to you, all must do is ask... God Bless you, enjoy Advent.

Today's Scripture:
1st Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16
(Promise of Restoration)
Psalm: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 - 4:2
(Living to Please God)
Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
(Second Coming – Watch At All Times)

Jesus, I Trust in You.”

Your Brother in Christ Jesus
and His Most Precious Mother Mary,
Jimmy (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS