Posted by: frburke23 | December 7, 2014

Thought for 2nd Sunday of Advent

2 Peter 3:8-14

Do not ignore this one fact, beloved,
that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years
and a thousand years like one day.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,”
but he is patient with you,
not wishing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar
and the elements will be dissolved by fire,
and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.

Since everything is to be dissolved in this way,
what sort of persons ought you to be,
conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion,
waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God,
because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames
and the elements melted by fire.
But according to his promise
we await new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, since you await these things,
be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.

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As we quickly move into the 2nd Sunday of Advent, we read that the Lord is patient with us because He wants all of us to be saved.  That is the desire of the Father – that we all live with Him for all eternity.   Sometimes we feel that God delays His response and does not answer our prayers quickly.  But the Lord always keeps His promises and knows better than we do what we need when we need it.  Sometimes His delay gives us more time to grow in holiness to prepare for His coming “like a thief”.

St. Peter says everything will pass away, so we should focus on conducting ourselves “in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.”   Later he says that we should be “eager to be found without spot or blemish before Him, at peace.”

Am I eager to be found without sin?

Do I anticipate with desire the coming of the Lord?

We are eager about other things – making a living, getting a bigger house, shopping on Thanksgiving, having younger-looking skin, etc.  But are we eager about the things of the Lord?  Do I focus my energies on Jesus and my eternal soul?

All these things around us will pass away, but there will be three things that last – faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.  Please do not focus on the things of this world, because they can never satisfy the infinite longing in our hearts.  Focus on relationships, for love will last forever.

God bless,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

2 PEDRO 3:8-14

No deben ignorar este hecho, amados,
que para el Señor un día es como mil años
y mil años como un día.
El Señor no se tarda en cumplir lo que ha prometido, según algunos consideran “demora”
pero él tiene paciencia con ustedes,
no queriendo que ninguno perezca,
sino que todos procedan al arrepentimiento.
Pero el día del Señor vendrá como un ladrón,
el cual los cielos pasarán con gran estruendo
y los elementos serán disueltos por el fuego,
y la tierra y todo lo que en ella hay serán descubiertos.

Puesto que todo se ha de disolver de esta manera,
qué clase de personas deben de ser,
la conducción a sí mismos en la santidad y devoción,
esperando y acelerando la venida del día de Dios,
debido a que los cielos se disolverán en llamas
y los elementos fundidos por el fuego.
Pero, según su promesa
esperamos un cielo nuevo y una tierra nueva
en los que habite la justicia.
Por lo tanto, amados, mientras esperan  estas cosas,
procuren  por encontrarse sin mancha y sin reproche  delante de él, en paz.

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A medida que avanzamos rápidamente en el segundo domingo de Adviento, leemos que el Señor es paciente con nosotros, porque Él quiere que todos nosotros seamos  salvados. Ese es el deseo del Padre – que todos vivamos con Él por toda la eternidad. A veces sentimos que Dios retrasa Su respuesta y no responde a nuestras oraciones rápidamente. Pero el Señor siempre cumple Sus promesas y sabe mejor que nosotros lo que necesitamos cuando lo necesitamos. A veces Su retraso nos da más tiempo para crecer en santidad para prepararnos para su venida “como un ladrón”.

San Pedro dice que todo pasará, así que debemos enfocarnos en nuestra conducta “en santidad y devoción, esperando y acelerando la venida del día de Dios”. Después dice que debemos estar “ansiosos de ser encontrados sin mancha ni reproche delante de él, en paz”.

¿Estoy ansioso de ser encontrado sin pecado?
¿Anticipo con deseo de la venida del Señor?
¿Anticipo con deseo de la venida del Señor?

Estamos ansiosos por otras cosas  haciendo una vida,  consiguiendo una casa más grande, comprando en el día de Acción de Gracias, tener una piel más joven, etc. Pero, ¿estamos ansiosos por las cosas del Señor? ¿Enfoco mis energías en Jesús y mi alma eterna?

Todas estas cosas que nos rodean pasarán, pero habrá tres cosas que perduraran   fe, esperanza y amor, pero el mayor de estos es el amor. Por favor, no se enfoquen en las cosas de este mundo, porque nunca pueden satisfacer el anhelo infinito en nuestros corazones. Enfóquense en las relaciones, porque el amor durará para siempre.

Dios los bendiga,
Fr. Burke


Responses

  1. GOD NEEDED A FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT : In the span of two full pages in the Diary of St. Faustina, we get ominous imagery that can make the blood curl, followed by a directive from Christ that puts the priorities of most of us to shame, followed by a brief, matter-of-fact words from Faustina that reminds us of why she matters so much to our present age. The pages run from entry 741 through 742. They are remarkably turned to our violent times. To begin with St. Faustina, the Secretary of Divine Mercy who died in 1938, writes of being “led by an Angel to the chasms of hell . . . a place of great torture.” She details the kinds of torture and describes “the continual darkness,” the “suffocating smell,” the “horrible despair, hatred of God . . . curses and blasphemies.” Why this round trip into the abyss ? God needed a foreign correspondent of sorts, one who has steely nerves, battle ready, and spiritually sensitive, to prove to us that hell is real. He wanted Faustina to experience it and write about it “so that” as she explains in entry 741, no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there.” The Church defines hell as the “state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed” (Catechism of the Catholic Church,1033). Today, can there be any doubt hell exists, that the devil is alive in the world ? His latest brazen agents of evil include Boko Haram in Nigeria–killers and kidnappers of schoolchildren–and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant(ISIL) in the Middle East. There are many more. The Sunni extremists of ISIL,for one, are all too pleased to post on the Internet their beheadings in broad daylight, rapes, torture, crucifixions, and murder of children, women, and men–virtually any non-Sunni jihadist in their path, most of their victims being ethnic minorities, many of them Christian. And as for Christians, make no mistake ; from North Korea through West Africa, there are mobs, militias, and entire regimes methodically wiping Christianity off the map. Persecution of Christians “is stronger than in the first centuries of the Church,” says Pope Francis. Brian Thatcher, director of Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy(EDAM), provides support for Divine Mercy prayer cenacles throughout the world, including the Sudan where a school in a diocese he visited was recently set ablaze and more than 80 schoolchildren burned to death. “Horrifying—absolutely horrifying,”he says. You want to see visions of hell ? Don’t just take St.Faustina’s word for it, Google “Sudan children burned to death.” On second thought, don’t. While some world leaders, to varying degrees of commitment, seek to stem the chaos and protect innocent populations by military and diplomatic means, what are we apostles of Divine Mercy to do ? Let’s turn back to the Diary, entry742, where the answer is plainly spelled out. It cannot be accidental that immediately following St. Faustina’s vision of hell Jesus says, I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this. . . I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor : the first — by deed, the second — by word, the third — by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. For us, by deed, we should be sending aid to the survivors of violence, including the millions of refugees fleeing Syria and northern Iraq. By word, we should be raising awareness in our communities, our parishes, and our schools, and writing letters to our political representatives in support of any and all Vatican-approved efforts to stop unjust aggression. Finally, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, pleading for God’s mercy on the whole world. Also let’s ask for St. Faustina’s intercession. She is uniquely qualified in such matters. With that, let’s turn back to the final words of Diary entry742, Faustina writes : With my heart I encompass the world, especially countries which are uncivilized or where there is persecution. I am praying for mercy upon them. Isn’t that evidence enough of St. John Paul 11’s declaration when he canonized her that she is “God’s gift to our time?” Pray for the intercession of St. Faustina,who promises “poor earth” that she will not forget us. “God,” she writes,”will give me the possibility of boundless action”(1582). NEVER underestimate the power of prayer. Trust that Christ’s mercy is lethal to the devil’s strongholds. Pray through St. Faustina’s intercession that those intent on committing evil. acts may open their hearts to God. . . THE HEART IS HELL WITHOUT HIM ! THE FOLLOWING AID ORGANIZATIONS ARE UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY FATHER : Aid to the Church in Need — acn-intl.org Catholic Near East Welfare Association — cnewa.org Caritas Internationalis — caritas.org

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