Saturday, December 4, 2010

2nd Sunday in Advent

For the 2nd Sunday in Advent I'm continuing with mostly extempore sermons.  In the morning we are visiting the third of the O Antiphons, the Root of Jesse one. Since the Latin word for "root" is "radix" I've pulled the sermon together around the idea of "radical Christianity." The catch? You knew there had to be one. The catch is that radical Christianity looks to Jesus Christ, the Root of Jesse.  So we return to historical roots. We don't do what our culture urges us to do. We do what our Lord tells us.  In the evening we are on the fourth of the O Antiphons, the Key. We'll look at the whole idea of confession and absolution, focusing on the fact that our Lord and Savior came to seek and to save the lost, bringing us forgiveness. We likewise pass out forgiveness like the firefighters in the parade pass out candy. Why? Because God says to. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit we proclaim, nay, rather, we grant the forgiveness of Christ.

These Sundays are long but good. I must confess, though, to looking forward to the start of Christmas. Once we hit December 26 we're back down to just Sunday mornings again, allowing for some relaxing late afternoons at home. For this introvert, a full day away from the home and the quiet of the office becomes quite taxing. I think it does for the rest of the family as well.

Dave Spotts
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