November 29th, 2020
Today's readings are a clear reflection of God's power in the face of human weakness, which seeks to encounter the Lord and rely on his protection. However, in spite of this search and weakness, the Second Reading provides us with the affirming reality of hope. Saint Paul exhorts the Corinthians to give thanks for the manifestation of Jesus Christ in their lives and for the testimony they should give until his second coming. This first Sunday does not try to show us just the fragility of the human condition, but rather the strength of a God who invites us to grow in his love and mercy. In this context, the assembly prepares to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Lord -- his first coming.
How can we, who so long to celebrate his presence, prepare ourselves? The church's decorations have changed; the songs and texts used for each celebration have acquired a different tone from that of last Sunday. Can we dare to change ourselves as well? Can we distance ourselves from the consumerism of our society and live according to the Church's call that, through the Word, announces the nearness of the Longawaited One of the new Israel? It is important for the parish liturgy committee to display the answers to some of these questions through symbols that evoke the true meaning of this Advent Season.
Rev. Juan J. Sosa