In Advent I look to the day when the Lord will come again, not as an infant in Bethlehem, but in power and glory. All of history will come to an end and the reign of God will be fulfilled.
When the Jews heard this proclamation they must have been startled. Where was this wonderful kingdom ? We know they were thinking in human terms. They were looking for a king who would resolve very real problems they were facing such as poverty, illness, injustice, and oppression. And yet here we are two thousand years later with the same problems. So where is this kingdom ?
The kingdom of God is actually within us who love as Jesus loved, because Love itself reigns over God’s kingdom and Jesus IS Love. By imitating Jesus, whose heart was moved by compassion, we make the kingdom alive for those in need. If we want to advance God’s kingdom, we need to ask for the grace to love as Jesus did.
By your Baptism, you are an emissary of the Kingdom of heaven. God is counting on you to make his kingdom not just a lovely idea, but one that is real. To that we need to resolve this Advent to respond generously and compassionately to the needs around us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
Join us in prayer!
We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.