Something New Is Coming

Something New Is Coming
Posted on 12/05/2017
Are we ready for Christmas?  Are we ready for a person to enter this world who is completely new.  With this first week of Advent, we prepare to begin anew - as we do each day, each year. But how do we do this when all seems very old and dysfunctional?  How can we believe in the idea of “peace on earth” when there is so much discord?  As we enter into this new Church year, as we enter into Advent, we remind ourselves that the world we have created does not live-up to world God intended.  God solves this problem with the birth of Jesus; Jesus is the “new Adam.”  

“Unless we have been shocked to our depths at the things we are capable of, as well as the failings of humanity as a whole, we cannot understand the full import of Advent.  If the whole message of the coming God, of the day of salvation, of the approaching redemption, is to seem more than a divinely inspired legend or a bit of poetic fiction, two things must be accepted without reservation.”

“First, that life is both powerless and futile in so far as by itself it has neither purpose nor fulfillment.  It is powerless within its limited range and due to the consequences of sin.  And life demands purpose and fulfillment.”

“Second, it must be recognized by us that it is God’s alliance with humanity, his being on our side, ranging himself with us, that corrects life’s meaningless futility.  God wishes to enlarge the boundaries of his own supreme existence by condescending to share ours for the overcoming of sin.” 
“Advent Reflections,” Fr. Alfred Delp, S.J. (Fr. Delp was a German Jesuit executed by the Nazis for anti-Hitler activities.  The above quote was written by him as he awaited execution.)


Behold, our Lord shall come with power; he will enlighten the eyes of his servants. (prayer from First Week of Advent Liturgy) St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius, pray for us.


Jesus Is Our Fixed Point

Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)


If you ask a farmer how he ensures that he is plowing a straight furrow, he will give you this advice: Fix your eyes straight ahead, on some fixed point on the horizon – a tree perhaps – and keep moving steadily toward it.  Don’t watch the furrow.  Just keep your hands on the plow and your eyes on that fixed point.

Jesus is our fixed point.  He is at the head of each one of our personal lines of oxen teams. – Margaret Silf, Inner Compass


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