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The First Sunday of Advent C
December 2, 2018
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Why do we have Advent?

If Christ has already been born, what is this Advent “waiting” about? Have we forgotten that he is already born, and a long time ago?

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Advent—A Time to Learn How to Wait

Advent means waiting. It celebrates the idea that the messiah must be born from a virgin. Why? Is sex something unworthy of God?

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

Getting Ready and Being Blameless

What is it to be blameless in holiness? The answer is in the Second Reading: in order to be ready for Christ at his coming, Christians need to increase in love and abound in it.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Fulfilling God’s Promise

The second coming is also about justice, about God setting things right, about the ransoming of those who “can stand up straight and stand secure before the Son of Man.”

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Growth in Love

Discuss “abounding in love” as an effective method of strengthening hearts or eliciting change of any kind. Do you think great change or growth ever happens without love?

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A Poem to
Sit With

J Janda

And so she lived

until the forge

could no longer hold the fire

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