1991 Dec 1 – 1st Sun Advent (Bulletin Letters)
Cycle C – 1st Sun Advent
Lk 21, 25-28. 34-36
ADVENT, A TALE OF TWO COMINGS
This week, with the First Sunday of Advent, we begin a new Church year . Advent is the great season of anticipation. We are watching for the coming of the Lord. Advent actually anticipates two comings. We are preparing to celebrate the Birthday of Jesus, and we are looking forward to the his Second Coming.
I find Advent the most difficult liturgical season. It’s always in competition with a much larger, totally controlled, version of Christmas. – the commercialized Christmas. The commercialized Christmas has made the dollar bill the season’s bottom line. It forces the story of the Savior born in a manger to be a side show, and there is no place whatsoever for the Second Coming of the Lord in the commercial Christmas.
Advent hardly has a chance competing with the manipulative powers of the rulers and marketers of the commercial world. They have all the money., and they control all the resources. They own or buy the mass media. Furthermore, they have the consent of the elected, and the assent of the majority. It’s a total package, a near wipeout of the season.
Yet, each year we are challenged to make the best of the season. We must try to lift up the ancient Advent message, and let these timeless themes work their way into our spiritual lives.
‘BE ON GUARD LEST YOUR SPIRITS BECOME BLOATED WITH INDULGENCE AND DRUNKENNESS AND WORLDLY CARES.” Luke 21/34
This week’s Gospel from Luke points to the Second Coming of Jesus. It would have us be prepared for Jesus’ Second Coming by praying and watching constantly for his return. Luke warns us not to let our spirits be “bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares,” least the “great day” find us unprepared like being caught in “a trap”.
In Luke’s day, the people who were obsessed with worldly cares; who lived lives of indulgence and drunkenness; were the rich and well-to-do. They were the people who let their personal and family concerns rule their lives to the exclusion of others, especially the poor.
In a world where so many people are living in desperate poverty, we, who are living so well, must take a long, hard look at Luke’s warning in this week’s Gospel. Please let the articles on the back of this letter be part of your spiritual reading for this Advent season.
FRANK TO TEACH AT IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE AGAIN: I have been asked to teach a Social Ethics in the Future class again by the Buena Vista Center at IWCC in Council Bluffs. The classes will met every Monday and Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. during the months of January and February.
This was a very good experience for me last year. My efforts were well received by the students and administration at the Center. They asked me to repeat the course.