I see the English have discovered Black Friday. Police were called out all over the country. Assaults, broken bones, arrests. You think they would know better!
Different ways to prepare for Christmas – Church invites us to consider another way! Adventus – “coming” who is Coming? - Christ
in Bethlehem – history
each day – mystery
end of time – majesty
1) Came in History
Emperor Hadrian very famous for building 126 AD the Pantheon in Rome– also in 135 built a Temple in Bethlehem – for this we are grateful = marked the spot of the birth of Christ! – Constantine 327 built Church of Nativity- present church 6th century oldest surviving church in Holy Land
Used to have huge door – made small because would ride horses in - have to bow. Then you go down steps – see the making on floor – and there you are
Believe that Messiah was born here - changed the history of the human race – why we celebrate Christmas - Mass of Christ
2) Comes in Mystery
Tragedy of first Christmas – so few recognized what happened.
Even today – so few recognize that Jesus is STILL with us.
1) Word - 2) Sacrament: Eucharist, words of forgiveness, pouring with water, anointing with oil, exchange of vows - 3) distressing disguise of the poor. Pay attention to the Presence of Christ
3) Will Come In Majesty
“As we await the Blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ”
When will He come? – we don’t know, stopped trying to figure that out a long time ago.
But – he will come - be ready
“Sub specie aeternitatis”
“View everything under the aspect of eternity”
- is this action going to help me get to heaven, or is it going to hurt my chances?
- How will this appear on the day of judgment?
- Good time for Sacrament of Penance!
History – Mystery – Majesty - The three comings of Christ.
There are many ways to prepare for Christmas. The Church offers us a special way! Let us use this Advent well - to prepare for the Coming of the Lord!
(Thanks to Cardinal Dolan - who first wrote on History - Mystery - Majesty)