"And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests'" (Luke 2:13-14).
Receiving the blessings of God means to accept God's unmerited favor over our lives. The greatest blessing to receive from God is salvation in Christ. The favor of God offers us the forgiveness of our sins and freedom from the finality of death. The favor of God enables us to accept His framework for living as a joyful act of trust. This is the maning of having a full life.
While there have been heroic efforts to overcome the pandemic, it has lasted longer than expected. As we deal with the tensions and tragedies of life, some will struggle to accept that they have the favor of God over their lives. As we will hear in the Sunday Holy Mass readings, accepting that we are blessed by God helps us to address difficult situations from the right perspective. This is also what it means to live a full life.
This Advent homily series looks at some of the benefits of recognizing that we are being blessed by God beyond measure. As we recognize these benefits, God has chosen us to help others to recognize them too.
November 27 & 28
A hopeful life.
December 4 & 5
A merciful life.
December 11 & 12
A joyful life.
December 18 & 19
A fulfilled life.
May you have a fruitful Advent in preparation for Christmas.
Father Raymond Harris
About the Advent Scripture Readings
during Holy Mass
The First and Second Sundays of Advent focus on the promise of the Lord Jesus Christ to return at the end of time. It will happen at an unknown day and hour. This is not to instill terror in us. It is a reminder to receive the gift of each day to glorify God and promote the true and lasting good for others and ourselves.
The Third and Fourth Sundays focus on the first coming of the eternal Son of God into our world by sharing in our humanity except sin. Once again, we receive the good news of great joy that is for everyone to receive. Our Lord God and Savior has come to liberate us from sin and death, and to enjoy a fruitful life on earth (cf. Luke 2:10-11).