Symposium on Nostra Aetate
From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
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Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
As Advent begins this weekend, can you dispose yourself to offer a “new brand” of ready-welcome to the presence of God? The Gospel exhorts us to not become [spiritually] drowsy, wasting life, and missing out on the grace of the Lord. We are, rather, asked to pray for strength, to be awakened and ready to receive the gift of God’s providence. Such blessing often comes in surprising ways. Can we be open to new grace this Advent season?
Bethlehem didn’t just happen! It was prepared for, announced, and planned for by the wisdom of the Almighty. Why should we doubt that the mystery of God and his plans are playing out in our lives as well? Can we be open to new grace? Do we care enough to engage ourselves in the quest for new spiritual depth? The tinsel and lights of the season to come are always nice, but the story is really all about the Lord of Heaven and earth. Our God has acted in history. He continually comes to us in mystery; and he will come again in glory. Fostering a sharpened focus on the spiritual aspects of the mystery of life, discerning the fingerprint of the Lord, and readying our hearts for God’s grace, is what Advent is all about. If we do this, who knows? We may even dispose ourselves to become a contemporary Bethlehem, where life is enriched beyond measure, and Christ can be born in us anew.
Our Advent wreath is a symbolic point of departure. In Catholic churches throughout the world, the wreath is used to remind us of how God’s plans unfolded throughout the millennia, yes, even in surprising ways. It reminds us that our own journey of life and faith is also a process, which requires our patient waiting and anticipation. Our God is a God of the journey. Can we journey through life with Jesus, and become his contemporary Bethlehem?
The color purple, which is prominently utilized during Advent, has the significance of hope. People who watch and wait, who long for and anticipate the action of God, are always alert and vigilant. They are looking ahead with hope. There is an excitement in this; a sense of wonder and awe about what God will do, and what he is doing. Can we allow the anticipation to build in us? Are we awake, alive, and ready for Bethlehem to take shape in our lives this year?
Even our outdoor Nativity scene, so prominently displayed on the front lawn of Comber Hall, will be a daily reminder of the surprising way that God chose to draw people to himself through Incarnation of Christ in the flesh. It is but a symbol of what is captured and available to us at Mass in his Eucharistic birth. Do we have the eyes to see it? Can we be in wonder and awe? We will allow him to be born in us this season?
I invite you to tap into the spirit of Advent and renew within your heart the zeal of spiritual vigilance, regaining a focus on the centrality of Christ. To do this may require a “new brand” of ready welcome for the presence of God. And that is always a good thing, new grace, new life, the ultimate Christmas gift!
17. Theological and philosophical reflections on the situation of humanity and the world can sound tiresome and abstract, unless they are grounded in a fresh analysis of our present situation, which is in many ways unprecedented in the history of humanity. So, before considering how faith brings new incentives and requirements with regard to the world of which we are a part, I will briefly turn to what is happening to our common home.
Source: Laudato Si'
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Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
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St. Dominic Church
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St. Raphael Seminary Chapel
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St. Gregory Church
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