Engaging Faith | Mon, Nov 23, 2015
First Sunday of Advent (c)
November 29, 2015
1 Thessalonians 3:12--4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
November 29: First Sunday of Advent
November 30: Start of the Paris Climate Change Conference
December 1: World AIDS Day
December 2: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery http://bit.ly/1w2xNXX
December 3: International Day of Disabled Persons http://bit.ly/1tBHBFW
December 3: Feast of St. Francis Xavier
December 5: World Soil Day http://bit.ly/1zIu8Qo
Do everything possible so that liberty is victorious over oppression, justice over injustice, love over hate.
-Fr. Ignacio Ellacuria, SJ (killed November 16, 1989 at the University of Central America in El Salvador)
The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 13
Listening to the cry of those who suffer violence and are oppressed by unjust systems and structures, and hearing the appeal of a world that by its perversity contradicts the plan of its Creator, we have shared our awareness of the Church's vocation to be present in the heart of the world by proclaiming the Good News to the poor, freedom to the oppressed, and joy to the afflicted.
-U.S. Bishops, Justice in the World, 5
…how many natural resources are squandered by wars! Peace in and among peoples would also provide greater protection for nature. The hoarding of resources, especially water, can generate serious conflicts among the peoples involved. Peaceful agreement about the use of resources can protect nature and, at the same time, the well-being of the societies concerned.
-Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 51
Make sure that the face of your community is always able to express in practice the love of God, who is rich in mercy, and invite people to approach him with trust.
-Benedict XVI, Homily on December 11, 2011
Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 159
Thoughts for Your Consideration
The gospel talks to us of the difficulties in the end times – a time of anxiety and destruction – a time of all kinds of problems and challenges. The gospel also speaks with hope about the coming of the “Son of Man.”
A theology of “realized eschatology” reminds us to reflect not only on some distant future but on the present struggles and hopes of our world.