Lectionary Reflections: First Sunday of Advent [a] November 27, 2016

Engaging Faith | Sun, Nov 27, 2016

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Education for Justice

First Sunday of Advent

November 27, 2016


Isaiah 2:1-5

Romans 13:11-14

Matthew 24:37-44



November 25: Buy-Nothing Day in the United States

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 27: Advent Season begins

November 29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

December 1: World AIDS Day

December 1: Rosa Parks Day (on this day in 1955, she refused to give up her seat)

December 2: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (

December 2: Anniversary of the deaths of Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, and Jean

      Donovan in El Salvador

December 3: International Day of Disabled Persons (



All it takes is one good person to restore hope! 

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 71

They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.

— Isaiah 2:4

The arms race is a threat to our highest good, which is life; it makes poor peoples and individuals yet more miserable, while making richer those already powerful; it creates a continuous danger of conflagration, and in the case of nuclear arms, it threatens to destroy all life from the face of the earth.

— 1971 Bishops Synod, Justice in the World

Hope in the coming kingdom is already beginning to take root in the hearts of people. The radical transformation of the world in the Paschal Mystery of the Lord gives full meaning to the efforts of people, and in particular of the young, to lessen injustice, violence and hatred and to advance all together in justice, freedom, kinship and love.

— 1971 Bishops Synod, Justice in the World

God’s mercy toward us is linked to our mercy toward our neighbor.

— Pope Francis, 19 November 2016


Thoughts for Your Consideration

For many people the last month has been a time of distress and upset.  Many have been upset about the results of the recent election in the United States and the very hurtful things that have been said – things that have caused fear and anger among women, refugees, immigrants, the poor, Muslims, minority groups, and many others.

Advent is a season to open our eyes and see, to see those who struggle or suffer, to see the injustice around us, to see the challenges in our world, to come to a new understanding.  It is a time to refuse to give up on the values of our faith.  If we are with Jesus we want to be with all those who are left out, we want to welcome those who are suffering or homeless or refugees, we want to respect all people and rejoice in the diversity of the human community.  We want to be open to the Christ in all people and situations.

Advent is a season of hope.  Isaiah calls us to be prepared for something great – something extraordinary.  Isaiah prophesizes that people will gather from disparate nations for something revolutionary and exciting. “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.”  Peace and nonviolence will reign. Mercy will take over.  

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