The Weekend of November 30-December 1
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us for the First Sunday of Advent and week one of our new series, “Shattering Expectations.”
In the Readings
First Reading Isaiah 2:1-5
Here is the message which God gave to Isaiah son of Amoz about Judah and Jerusalem:
In days to come, the mountain where the Temple stands will be the highest one of all, towering above all the hills. Many nations will come streaming to it, and their people will say, “Let us go up the hill of the Lord, to the Temple of Israel’s God. He will teach us what he wants us to do; we will walk in the paths he has chosen. For the Lord’s teaching comes from Jerusalem; from Zion he speaks to his people.”
He will settle disputes among great nations. They will hammer their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will never again go to war, never prepare for battle again.
Now, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light which the Lord gives us!
Second Reading Romans 13:11-14
Brothers and sisters: you know that the time has come for you to wake up from your sleep. For the moment when we will be saved is closer now than it was when we first believed. The night is nearly over, day is almost here. Let us stop doing the things that belong to the dark, and let us take up weapons for fighting in the light. Let us conduct ourselves properly, as people who live in the light of day—no orgies or drunkenness, no immorality or indecency, no fighting or jealousy. But take up the weapons of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop paying attention to your sinful nature and satisfying its desires.
Gospel Matthew 24:37-44
Jesus said, “The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah. In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat; yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes. At that time two men will be working in a field: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind. Two women will be at a mill grinding meal: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind. Watch out, then, because you do not know what day your Lord will come. If the owner of a house knew the time when the thief would come, you can be sure that he would stay awake and not let the thief break into his house. So then, you also must always be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.”
After the 5:00 Mass, we will welcome another new member into God’s family through baptism.
After the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses, there will be donuts and crafts for kids in Martin Hall! Come join us for food and fellowship!
In the entrances to church, you’ll find Advent books and prayer cards to help you prepare for Christmas!
When Jesus was born, He certainly wasn’t what people were expecting. They didn’t expect the King to be born in a barn or to show such love and forgiveness. Even John the Baptist was surprised, asking Jesus if He was really the Messiah John was expecting. Expectations are placed on all of us as well. In our society, we’re expected to do what we can to make more money, gain more power and look out for ourselves. Join us this Advent as we learn to follow Jesus’ example and go beyond what the world expects of us. Join us as we work to Shatter Expectations.
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