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First Sunday of Advent is December 2

The readings for this weekend are at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120212.cfm

A little background on the First Reading: In the memory of Israel and Judah, their early king David had set the standards for all later kings. The people thought their national fortunes rose and fell with the virtue of their kings. In a time of national peril, Jeremiah predicts what a new, good king, descended from David, will do for the nation.

About the Second Reading: Saint Paul wrote his first letter to the Thessalonians at an early time when he and they believed Jesus was soon to come again. Here Paul gives them two ways to get ready.

And the Gospel: Today's gospel also preserves a memory of early Christians' expectation that the Son of Man would come again, to judge the world. Hear the differences between what the prepared can expect and what the unprepared must face.

We meet quite a cast of characters during Advent: the prophets Jeremiah, Baruch, Zephaniah, and Micah, along with John the Baptist and Mary, the Holy Mother of God. They all remind us of the importance of listening, paying attention, patient waiting, and hope-filled living.

Stop by the Liturgy bulletin board in the Gathering Space to pick up two free Advent resources.

Also, be sure to keep the Advent edition of the Pius Times, which you received in the mail last week, handy. There’s a lot going on around here, and we don’t want you to miss anything! Let me or another staff member know if you have any questions. We’re all on this Advent journey together.