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Second Sunday of Advent: Starting Over

December 4, 2011

Blessed Sunday!

Almighty and merciful God,
may no earthly undertaking hinder those
who set out in haste to meet your Son,
but may our learning of heavenly wisdom
gain us admittance to his company.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. (Opening prayer from Mass)

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 (Prepare the way for our God is coming to save us)
Psalm 85: 9-14 “Lord, let us see Your kindness, and grant us Your salvation”
II Peter 3:8-14 (since everything is to be destroyed, we must be holy, ready for the new heavens and new earth)
+ Mark 1: 1-8 (St. John the Baptist prepares the way for the Lord)

This could change your life.

It’s meant to.

the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar
and the elements will be dissolved by fire,
and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.
Since everything is to be dissolved in this way,
what sort of persons ought you to be,
conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion
-II Peter 3:10-12

Look ahead.
At the end of time, once the power of God has consumed the heavens and the earth,
you and every man, woman and child ever created,
and all the angelic hosts who worship around the celestial throne,
will see what you’re doing, saying and thinking right now…
and everything you ever have or ever will do, think or say.

It’s been recorded since the day God loved you into being.
It’s being recorded right now, as you read these words.
What do you want on that record?

It’s never too late to change course, you know.
It’s never too late to prepare for that day.

God doesn’t want anyone to be lost.
That’s why the end of time is taking so long.
He wants everyone to have a chance to start over (see II Peter 3:9).

St. John the Baptist came to help people do just that,
to plunge them into the waters of a total break with their former way of life
as they confessed their sins
so they could start over.

That should sound familiar.

In Baptism we are plunged into the waters of a total break with our former way of life
so we can start over.
In Confession we beg for the restoration of our baptismal innocence as we confess our sins.
Again, we start over, we change our lives,
preparing for the Day of the Lord.

There’s a bonus.
Not only do these sacraments prepare us for the last day,
we get to enjoy their benefits now too!
Mountains in our lives are leveled, valleys are filled in.
God rewards us!
He feeds us, gathers us in His arms, holding us close
and leading us tenderly to our rest.

If your life hasn’t been changed yet
don’t deprive yourself any longer.
You won’t regret it!

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