For the four Sundays of Advent, Bondings 2.0 will feature reflections on the day’s Scripture readings by two New Ways Ministry staff members: Matthew Myers, Associate Director, and Sister Jeannine Gramick, Co-Founder. The liturgical readings for the First Sunday of Advent are Isaiah 63: 16-17, 19; 64:2-7; Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19; 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9; Mark 13: 33-37. You can read the texts by clicking here.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Advent originally was a 40 day fast that helped Christians to prepare for Christmas. While most Catholics have dropped the penitential fasting, we have retained a mood of sober reflection. In the excitement of shopping and planning holiday parties, the readings for the first Sunday of Advent – in particular, the first reading by Isaiah — give us a space to reflect briefly on our need for God’s extravagant love.
Isaiah mourns the sinfulness of…
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