Christ is With Us
Fr Michael Rasicci’s homily for the 1st Sunday in Advent, 12/03/2017. In the first reading for today, Isaiah is praying to the Lord to show his presence and favor to his people, recently returned from exile and finding their homes and temples destroyed and, while still sinners, feeling abandoned by God. Isaiah says to God, “You are the potter, we are the clay.” In Corinthians, Paul reminds the early Christians that Christ is with them and everything they need is at hand. In our lives, seemingly chaotic from time to time, we want our lives to be different, to have more of a sense of peace. What we are called upon to remember is that God has not abandoned us. God is with us. The Lord truly is our God. We are invited into a deeper level of faith and trust as we enter into this season of Advent. In Advent, we are preparing for the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ while remembering the first coming birth and life of Jesus with us. (Emmanuel–God is with us.) He makes Himself available to us in his Word and in the Sacrament of the Altar. We need to remember to ask God for help and to stay awake to His presence in our lives. Christ is with us now, in each moment, supporting us, shaping us, guiding us with the Holy Spirit. In today’s Gospel, Mark, Jesus advises everyone to “Stay awake, for no one knows when the Master is returning–only the Father knows.” There will be signs that the time is near. Watch for these signs and stay awake.In these next few weeks before Christmas, remember that God is with us and will not abandon us. He is on the journey with us. We should be feeling a sense of peace and joy that God is with us.