Sunday, December 21, 2014

Homily: 4th Sunday of Advent

Here in the metro New York area we woke this morning to find that two NYPD officers were executed last night by a crazed man who, before he killed himself, made statements on social media suggesting that he planned to kill police officers and was angered about the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.

This Advent has been filled with stories of school shootings, racial unrest, the violation of women on our campuses and the jarring details of our country’s treatment of prisoners of war.  Many are quick to measure the situation with who is right and who is wrong, which is neither my place nor intent.  But the Gospel story calls us to name the names and begin dialogue…as painful as that may be.

For Luke’s telling of a pregnant, unwed, teenager named Mary who will give birth to the Son of God actually sheds light on how we can better live in Advent amidst all that is happening.  For during this season of watching and waiting….it is really God who is doing the waiting for us.  And what is God waiting for?  Well, click and see what my thoughts are….

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