First Sunday of Advent

It’s almost Christmas – let’s contemplate our mortality and talk about the end of the world.
Ah, yes, I love the Catholic Church.
In the first two weeks of Advent, the Readings from Sacred Scripture remind us that we could drop dead in the middle of work and that Christ comes to burn fruitless branches in fire. Are we just so much chaff?
This is actually a good question to think about in the bustle and merriment of the pre-Christmas season. The post that I am sharing here was my third post on this blog. It reflects upon the wisdom of the Church in Her effort to help us prepare…

Divine. Incarnate.

Sometimes, listening to the message of the Bible, I think that Christ is asking me, “Are you ready to die?”  But, obsessing about death isn’t life.  What God really wants me to ask myself is, “Am I ready to live forever?”

We could survive with no thought of God, or even belief in God.  We could live our lives self-centeredly, devoted to the things of the earthly plane of existence, to the merely physical, and live lives that end in death.  Or… Or we could wake up to the reality beyond our physical senses, become fully alive in body and soul, devoted to the Kingdom of God, the spiritual, and live lives that never end– this is what it is to live in Christ.

None of us knows when we will die, the exact day and hour when our earthly lives will come to an end.  But, our earthly lives…

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