Appleton, WI

Dec 6 Homily Connect: The Lord is Close

Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020

IS 40:1-5, 9-11 2PT 3:8-14 MK 1:1-8


John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.

John the Baptist-Definitely a Novelty

  • An eccentric kind of guy
  • Dressed in animal skins, long straggly hair, skinny as a rail
  • Tendency to rant and rail

Why did People Come?  Just Maybe….

  • Some were desperate-out of energy or enthusiasm
  • Some were disillusioned-tired of the world unfolding around them
  • Some were tired of the monotony in their lives-heaviness in their lives
  • Some were chained to worries or addictions which felt like a prison
  • Some were overwhelmed by separation anxiety

Would we be in the Crowd? Why? Did the Baptism offer:

  • Healing and hope?
  • Encouragement, a fresh start, newfound freedom?
  • Beautiful forgiveness?

If the Sky Opened at Jesus’ Baptism

  • Just maybe there could be a hopeful opening up in our life
  • Just maybe we could experience of the Lord’s incredible love

Advent – Getting in Touch with our Deepest Hungers and Longings

  • We need to be still to get in touch with the possibility of being soothed and unburdened
  • We can reconnect with the Lord

We are Tossed About by So Many Desires

  • They can be stumbling blocks
  • We need to reign in our unruly desires
  • We want to be healthier and holier
  • Our restlessness reminds us of our need for Jesus

My Favorite Advent Scripture in the Book of Revelation Chapter 3:20

(Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.)

  • Google William Hunt’s painting The Light of the World-spend some time praying

The Lord is Close

  • He waits for you and me to make the first move
  • With him, we can handle anything that happens
  • St. Teresa of Avila says: Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. Those who know God have everything.  Only God is enough!

Come Lord Jesus, our Stillness in the Chaos!

Questions for Reflection

  • What impacted you from today’s Gospel and/or homily?
  • What is your impression of John the Baptist? Why might you have gone to see him?
  • What are your deepest longings this Advent?  What might be your unruly desires?
  • What will be the first move I make toward the Lord this week?

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