Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hear and See in our Spiritual Lives: 3rd Sunday of Advent Time

Listen to the homily here.


3rd Sunday of Advent
Remember the desert from last week?  (We should have a desert spot)
·      The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom.  They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song.”
·      And here we are in the third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete—rejoice
Remember John the Baptist last weekend?
·      Listen to Jesus’ words for John the Baptist: “Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, ‘What did you go out to the desert to see?’”
o   A reed?  No
o   Dressed fine clothes?  No
o   A Prophet?  Yes…a prophet:
§  Isaiah: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.”
John the Baptist had a question
·      Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
·      Jesus answer: “Go and tell John what you hear and see
o   Jesus showed miracles for the blind, lame, lepers, deaf, dead, poor
·      Physically—yes
o   Think of the gifts from God through miracles, science or medicine
§  Seeing—glasses, contacts, surgeries
§  Deaf—hearing aids, earplugs
·      Spiritually—yes—today for hearing and seeing
o   We must listen to the one voice
§  Not in the noisy, busy, loud place
§  What can we listen in silence?
·      God
o   We must see with our spiritual eyes
§  Not in our physical world…our spiritual world
§  Seeing Jesus Body and Blood
§  Seeing the words of the Bible
Half way through Advent
·      The desert is growing
·      Jesus is showing the gifts in the physical and spiritual world
·      Christmas is closer

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