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Selected Homilies, 2006–2007, Cycle-C

1st Advent 2006

We wish you a blessed advent

We wish you a joyful advent

We wish you a hope-filled advent

And a happy New Year

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin

We wish you a blessed advent

It’s the church’s New Year

I always like to begin this time of year with an advent carol to remind us that before Christmas we have this wonderful season of advent to prepare ourselves again for … What? What are we preparing for? For the coming of Christ at Christmas. Not really. Christ is already here and now. In this assembly, in us, in our Eucharist. We are celebrating Christ’s Mass right now. So what are we preparing for?

Well, maybe that’s not so important. All we know is that we’ve got a lot to do and so little time to do it. This advent season has even less time to get ourselves ready for…  In 21 days, 252 hours, 15,120 minutes, 907,200 seconds, it will be Christmas eve. Wow that seems like a lot of time to get ready. But It may seem like we have all the time in the world when we count in seconds but lets not fall into that trap. We really have no time. Time has us. Time has us. Time is not ours. (At least without an h) We are time’s. We are born in time, we live in time and one day we will die in time. And then we will say, “where did the time go”.  We think we have all the time in the world? Well, time will rob us of our loved ones. Time is not our side. Time will take away those who have journeyed with us, those who have walked the labyrinth of life. Sooner or later. Time takes us. So there is never enough time. Especially at this time of the year. Is there another time of the year when we feel such anxiety, such pressure about “getting things done” preparing for? What is it that we are preparing for?

We are preparing for… timelessness, for eternity. Isn’t that ironic. In this time of the year when we feel the pressures of time, the anxieties of having so little time to do all we want to do, we are preparing for “timelessness”, for eternity.

Because you see The Eternal God has turned the tables on time. Once upon No Time, God, the eternal chose to come “in time”, to be born of a woman, to live and die, to walk the path that we walk, to walk the labyrinth of life. The eternal comes to transform all the time in the world to no time at all, to life in the moment> In the present.in the presence.

But as we hear in today’s Gospel there is no timetable.  We do not know when the world as we know it will come to an end. Our personal world and our world’s world. SO what do we do in the “meantime” because, (Time really is mean when you think of it) We prepare for …”eternity”. We don’t let time get the better of us. We live in the moment, for love, for presence, for gift. That’s what the eternal God does in Jesus. How do we prepare for eternity. A few suggestions: take time to go to Taize prayer on Monday nights in Advent here in the upper church. Take the time to live in the here and now. Take the time to go to the upper campus and walk through the labyrinth in front of the Bapst library. I went yesterday with the dancers from A Dancer’s Christmas to walk the labyrinth with them. It really is such a powerful experience to pass each one on the journey. Take the time to go to A Dancer’s Christmas  to be reminded that the Eternal God just wants to dance with us, in time and out of time. Take the time to pray with the Magnificat reflections that you receive today. Take time with those you love, not doing for them but being with them.

We wish you a blessed advent

We wish you a joyful advent

We wish you a hope-filled advent

And a time less new year

 


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