Perhaps an unopened gift is a good symbol for us. We’ve begun a New Year and we wonder what it will hold? Will it be toys or clothes? Will it be filled with excitement, fun and joy; or the stuff that we didn’t really want … stuff that is less fun, disappointing, maybe even painful?
Do you ever feel like your work is never done? If so, what two words from the gospel might serve you well in the new year?
If Jesus had been born today…what would the fact checkers say? What would happen, 2017, if this would be the time Jesus was born, instead of 2000 years ago?
What does God do best? When you think of God’s presence in your life and world – what is His niche? His specialty in terms of your life?
Some years ago, my brother Joe was blessed to be hiking in the mountains in Montana. They were talking and enjoying the hike when two women came running out of the woods in front of them, then flew right past them on the narrow path, terrified, saying ‘Bear … bear … bear”.
Let me share two quick stories for this first Sunday of Advent. I was not a patient driver the other day. I had to make a trip to Catholic Supply for some advent supplies.
The show, Undercover Boss, aired for 8 seasons. The plot is simple. A high ranking official in a company goes undercover. They are given a disguise and a new back story, and show up with a film crew following them around under the guise of a “documentary” being done about entry level positions.
It is easy to sympathize with that last guy in the gospel – The one who played it safe. The one who received only ONE talent.
It is the most asked question of me as a priest at wedding receptions. Perhaps you will recognize it. “Fr., did that mass count for tomorrow?”
In a wonderful way, the prophet Isaiah opens up for us a challenging vista, timely in our age when there is talk of a wall and deportations and ending of the Dreamer’ options for infants who were born here.