Our readings for Sunday are here.
These are the poem, my notes, and interpretations of Fr Dennis’ homily from the Masses of
- November 27, 2016
- November 29, 2013 Noon
The poems Fr Dennis references this year are:
- Country Roads by Joyce Sutphen
- Rutabagas by James Silas Rogers
In 2016, we reflected that —
- We receive apocalyptic phrasing (“swords into plowshares”) in Isaiah but they are nonetheless uplifting readings.
- Gospel? Stay awake! But what does that mean?
- Advent is a time of rethinking / start over / retelling a story in our religious and personal and spiritual lives … and in retelling these stories we remember who we are and how God is in our life.
- That kind of staying awake — a contemplative awake, an aware in gratitude awake (not fearful) — the kind we want more of!
- Remember that Eucharist = thanksgiving, so we practice to turn more quickly to gratitude.
- Poetry gets underneath where we are in our lives or their meaning.
- Joyce Sutphen’s Country Roads
- “as if we were waiting” evokes Advent
- “for the waters to open” reminds us of the Red Sea or a river parting
- “cross over Jordan” reference is the cross over to death in the psalms, the Hebrew scripture.
- Other new life is the waiting to be seen or crossed over to.
- This idea of “waiting for more” is waiting for the more who is once again the infant Jesus.
In 2013, we reflected that —
- Each new birth is a sign of joy, of hope of a soul being given some purpose before God.
- Advent is the waiting, the collapse of Mary’s pregnancy into 1 month.
- Advent is the getting into the earthiness, the realness of God-with-us, of God being with us: The Incarnation is on His Way. 🙂
- James Silas Rogers’ Rutabagas evokes this sense of Advent. Each earthy taste of the dirt; the realness that won’t go away, like The Gift, the child Jesus Christ.
Our image is from our own Celeste Novak!