November 29, 2009, First Sunday of Advent - "Be vigilant at all times"

Sunday Readings Reflections
First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2009 (1AdvC)

Sunday Readings
Lecturas y Comentarios para Domingo
Homilies for Sunday
Burning Question: What does "pray without ceasing" mean?

First Reading
Jeremiah, Chapter 33: Verses 14-16

1. Advent is a process of looking back at Christ’s birth and the inauguration of his kingdom on earth and looking forward to it fulfillment. What does Advent awaken in you? Does anything in your daily life interfere with your spiritual Advent preparation?

2. Why is Advent called the season of hope? Why is hope vital to your life? What would your life be like without hope? What can you do to bring hope to people you know?

Second Reading
1 Thessalonians, Chapter 3, Verse 12 - Chapter 4, Verse 28

1. St. Paul says that the same Jesus who lived and died and rose from the dead is present and active among us now making us increase (in numbers) and abound in love for one another and for all. How do you think “increasing in numbers” correlates with “abounding in love for one another and for all”?

2. St. Paul said he “abounded in love” for the Thessalonians to strengthen their hearts. Discuss “abounding in love” as an effective method of strengthening hearts or eliciting change of any kind. Do you think great change or growth ever happens without immense love?

According to Luke, Chapter 21, Verses 25-28, 34-36

1. Jesus tells us to pray for strength. Do you believe that if you ask for strength you will receive it? Could God send it through other people? Could you be a source of strength for others?

2. Jesus is God’s last Word (Christ’s Incarnation) to us. Discuss this idea.

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