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Pastoral Bulletin for December 2017
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‘A bishop for the people’ and a ‘servant of the Lord’
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En la Solemnidad de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
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On the second Sunday of Advent 2017
The meaning behind the symbols
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Profile of Bishop Enrique Delgado
123. The culture of relativism is the same disorder which drives one person to take advantage of another, to treat others as mere objects, imposing forced labor on them or enslaving them to pay their debts. The same kind of thinking leads to the sexual exploitation of children and abandonment of the elderly who no longer serve our interests. It is also the mindset of those who say: Let us allow the invisible forces of the market to regulate the economy, and consider their impact on society and nature as collateral damage.
This same “use and throw away” logic generates so much waste, because of the disordered desire to consume more than what is really necessary. We should not think that political efforts or the force of law will be sufficient to prevent actions which affect the environment because, when the culture itself is corrupt and objective truth and universally valid principles are no longer upheld, then laws can only be seen as arbitrary impositions or obstacles to be avoided.
Source : Laudato Si'
The season of Advent, at first glance, seems to call us in two different directions. The first message we receive is to be vigilant – to wait and to watch for the return of the Lord. This continues a theme we heard in the waning weeks of Ordinary Time – to be alert, watchful and attentive, for we do not know when the Master will return (or when we will go to Him).
The second message is seemingly the opposite – instead of waiting and watching, we are called to make haste and hurry towards the Lord. The opening prayers from the first and second Sundays of Advent urge us to, “run forth to meet Christ,” and to, “make haste to meet your Son.”
So which is it…hurry up or wait? Actually, it’s both.
It is the virtue of Christian hope that gives us the capacity to wait and watch for the Lord. We will hear frequently during Advent of the joyful expectation and hope of the people Israel, who waited for the fulfillment of God’s pledge to send the Messiah. They waited for centuries. But they had hope, knowing that God would not forget them or His promises and would, according to His design, redeem them from their sins. The overflowing joy we hear in the voices of the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, the Virgin Mary and others at the birth of Christ reflects their great gratitude and the fulfillment of their hope.
As the Body of Christ, we have the same hope. We, too, have waited for centuries. And like our forebears in faith, we have hope that God will not forget us or His promises, and that He will, according to His design, come and save us. After all, Christ came the first time – he will come again, this time manifesting his definitive victory over sin and death, destroying the power of evil, and gathering His faithful ones into His everlasting Kingdom. And so with hope, we wait and watch.
But waiting does not mean that we are passive – just the opposite, in fact. The Advent season also calls us to hurry, to make haste, to run forth. There is an urgency to this season, calling us forward in holiness and urging us to perseverance in sanctity. We wait for the Lord to come to us, but we also make haste in going to Him. How? By struggling to overcome our own sinfulness, by seeking an ever-deeper conversion to Christ as His disciples, and by actively building up His Kingdom through the Church.
As a Christian people, we walk through life as a pilgrimage, knowing that our true citizenship is not in this world. So we are never completely comfortable, never totally at ease, always on the move – we are strangers in a strange land, exiles in this valley of tears. Each year, Advent helps spur us onward in haste towards the Kingdom, lest we become complacent in our faith and too attached to this world, and lest we forget that our hope is centered not on this world, but on Christ.
“Behold,” says the Lord, “I am coming soon.” Come, Lord Jesus! And let us make haste to meet him. Make this season about more than Santa Claus and Star Wars. This Advent season, hurry up and wait!
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