Fishing with St.
November 30/December 1, 2013
Fishing for Advent at
Every year “Liturgy Training
Publications” publishes their SOURCEBOOK The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy.
I am always inspired by their reflections and want to share these paragraphs
from the 2011 edition:
“ADVENT means coming, and this
season of Advent is all about the coming of the Lord. But that coming is
understood on several levels. We prepare ourselves to commemorate Christ's
coming in the flesh, his decisive appearance in human history, born of Mary in
Bethlehem. At the same time, we prepare ourselves for his Second Coming at the
end of time, the parousia. And then there is yet another coming, one that
happens not in the past, nor in the future, but in the here and now, as Christ
comes to us in grace, especially in the sacraments.
THE CHURCH always reads the
scriptures with Advent eyes. In the liturgy; we experience the unchanging yet
living word of God as both fulfilled and awaiting fulfillment: as
"already," and as "not yet." "The word of God
proclaimed in the celebration of God's mysteries does not only address present
conditions but looks back to past events and forward to what is yet to
come" (Lectionary for Mass: Introduction [LMI], 7).
That sense of already and not
yet is especially strong in this Advent season. The liturgy juxtaposes
the Old and New Testaments, showing us in Jesus the fulfillment of all the
prophets foretold. But at the same time, as we hear once again the prophets'
call to justice, we become ever more aware that we are to bring God's word to
life anew, in our own lives.”
May God’s word come to life
anew, in your life! Fr. Joe Hannappel