John the Baptist announces the coming of a kingdom, which isn’t a socio-political something, but a person. But is this person one we long for? Do we long for him like we do other people in our real life?
Does being a Christian really just mean “going to church”? The proposal of Advent is one that calls us back to the truly profound mystery of our faith: Christ has come, Christ is coming, Christ will come. He comes to us even now, if only we would pay attention.
Do we shout, “Long live Christ the King!” Or do we shout, “I do not want this man as my king!” The Christian claim is that it is only Christ who is able to bring the peace that we so desperately long for in our lives, in our families, in our communities, in our country, and in our world.
Jesus is indeed describing an event which will bring the world to an end…but the Earth will keep spinning. Has our old world come to an end, or are we still attached to it?
Once every three years we are given an excerpt from the story of the Maccabean revolt: the martyrdom of a mother and her seven sons. Their witness could not be more important for our times!
Zacchaeus provides an excellent pattern for an authentic response to the rescue given to us in Christ. It is surrender. Turning over our entire “house” to him.
As we begin our annual renewal of the Stewardship Way of Life, the first question we have to consider is: How do you see? How do you see the world around you, your life, the meaning of it all?
Faith isn’t an imposition on our real life. It is the only way to live a life where the newness we seek can be given.
Why is an increase of faith so important? I believe in God. I am a Catholic. Why is the need for more faith so important?
There is a great urgency in Christ’s words. And he isn’t trying to shame us or guilt us. But he is trying to provoke a real and urgent response.