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1st Sunday in Advent, Year B

The Second Coming of Christ: Stay Awake!

 


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Welcome everyone to the beginning of a new liturgical year starting with the season of Advent.  We are now in Year B, in which the Church starts a whole new cycle of readings in the three-year cycle of Sunday readings.  We are going to focus this year on the second Gospel, the Gospel according to St. Mark.  So one of the things I want say before we begin is just to keep in mind that Advent, although for us in the secular year is the end of the year, in the liturgical year it is the beginning.  So the Church is going to give us, for the next four weeks, a series of very carefully selected readings that are meant to help us enter into the Advent season, which as you are going to see precisely through the readings, is different than the Christmas season.  Sometimes people tend to get them mixed up with one another, but the Advent season is really the season of preparation and it consists of these four Sundays.  So for this year we are going to begin the first Sunday of Advent with a new gospel, the gospel of St. Mark.  And we are going to start in a place that might be a little surprising to you...

 

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3 Responses

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December 04, 2017

I really liked how Dr. Pitre connected the part of Isaiah’s prayer that God rend the heavens and come down to save us with God’s answer in giving us the savior many centuries later. The old testament is really a treasure.
I was also very moved by the epilogue where Dr. Pitre asked us to contemplate if we live in hope of Christ’s second coming amidst all the evil going on and suffering we undergo; sometimes we find that hard to do. Thank you and may God continue blessing you and your team.

Vickie Tapley
Vickie Tapley

December 01, 2017

Such a stirring presentation! Loved being exposed to the parallel between Isaiah’s calling on “our Father” and the Lord’s Prayer, and the quote from the Catechism at the very end.
I am so excited about your Year B teachings after Year A exceeded all expectations! Sincerest thanks to you and all the crew at Catholic Productions for the work you do.

Kevin Mantooth
Kevin Mantooth

November 29, 2017

Really great insight. The Isaiah reference to the Our Father is deep and wonderful. We often forget the second coming preparation during Advent as we focus solely on Christmas as a first coming “remembrance” and not as a “Second Advent” of Christ. God bless you all.

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