Third Sunday of Advent — December 15, 2019

It is the third Sunday of Advent.  Christmas is coming again.  It is one year since the last Christmas . . . what has changed in our lives?  I think that is a good question to ask of ourselves, as we progress in our spiritual journey this Advent.  Think back – ask yourself — where was I in my spiritual journey at this time last year?  Where was I in relationship to the Lord last year when we lit the rose-colored candle last year?  Where am I now in relationship with the Lord?  Has there been progress one year later?  Am I more fully His disciple than I was last year?  Am I more committed to prayer, to service of my brothers and sisters, to worship of my God, than I was last year?  Has there been progress in overcoming sin and sinful habits since last year?  What still needs to change?  What can I do to help that change occur?

Christmas is now a week and a half away.  Are we concerned about all of the things that need to get done between now and then?  I know I am and a lot of other people are as well.  But, we have to catch hold of ourselves as well.  We need to stop for some time and pay attention to what is going on in our spiritual lives.  Those questions I ask of myself and I ask you to consider, they are important: Where am I in my relationship with the Lord?  Has there been any progress this year or have I gone further away from Him?  Am I more committed to my faith than I was last year — in prayer, in service, in worship?  Have I been trying to overcome sin in my life, or am I on autopilot when it comes to that?  What still needs to change, and how can I seek out that change?

The season of Advent is one of preparation for our Messiah to come once again.  He is coming – are we more or less prepared this year to meet Him?

About frrobertsalm

Ordained a Priest of Jesus Christ for the Archdiocese of Newark in 2012, I am the Administrator for Guardian Angel Parish in Allendale, New Jersey. This blog consists primarily of my daily and Sunday homilies, and where I can I put the links to the readings so that you can refer to them. I also have developed the habit of recording my Sunday homilies and posting them through this blog. All of this is designed to give anyone who chooses to read my blog or listen to my homilies a little bit of extra help in digesting the Sacred Scriptures that they hear at the Mass and applying them to their own lives. I don't have any special wisdom, but I hope that the Holy Spirit is somehow at work in these words. I hope these posts help. Pray for me as I pray for all of you.
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1 Response to Third Sunday of Advent — December 15, 2019

  1. Butler Pam says:

    Thank you Fr. Robert.
    These are good end-of-year — beginning of liturgical-year questions.
    New Year’s resolutions so often seem meaningless or overwhelming as made with a self-reliant attitude.
    It feels like you sort of put the brakes on going down that endless road and led us down ‘the narrow path’ with some very specific, potentially insightful questions guiding us into an examin of what truly matters: the spiritual foundations of our lives; our soul, our relationship to Our Lord, Jesus Christ. These worthwhile questions will be brought with me into Adoration in an attempt to prayerfully hear my answers as well as prayerfully listen and acknowledge opportunities that will, please God, lead me closer to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother.


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