Advent Season / 1st Sunday
Catholics believe and discuss three meanings underlying “the coming of the Son of Man.” The Son of Man, Jesus, came 2000 years ago and walked the earth. The Son of Man, Jesus, comes today and makes a home within us, especially at Baptism and at every Eucharist. The Son of Man, Jesus, will also come tomorrow, when time ends. On the first Sunday of Advent, the Gospel speaks to all three meanings. How might we interpret the Gospel in light of Jesus coming today, in the midst of our busy, daily lives? The Gospel says, “one will be taken and one will be left.” This is not just about the end times. Ironically, this is EXACTLY how it is when we experience God. We could be anywhere, doing anything. All of a sudden, something hits us and we literally feel God with us. Beyond a feeling, however, we KNOW deep in our bones that God is present. Have you ever been “taken” by God’s presence? Will you consider praying this Advent that you be taken by God, that you feel God’s presence in your life?
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