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First Sunday of Advent - Year A

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First Sunday of Advent - Year A

November 27, 2016

 

Gospel: Mt 24:37-44
 
Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill (*); one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
 
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The difficult words
 
(*)Grinding at the mill means putting wheat into a machine that grinds it into flour for baking.
 
This week’s spotlight
 
Noah
 
Noah was a good man who respected God. God chose him to begin a new life on  earth. Noah built an enormous boat, called an ark. He boarded the boat with his wife, his three sons, their wives, and two of every kind of animal. Then God sent a flood that destroyed all the people of the earth; the only survivors were those on the ark.
 
The covenant
 
God made a covenant with Noah. He  chose to become Noah's ally, his friend. God blessed Noah and his family. After the flood, God made a promise to Noah: Never again would he destroy the earth with water. The rainbow is the sign of this covenant between God and his people, between heaven and earth. By his death and resurrection, Jesus established a new and eternal covenant between heaven and earth. Through baptism we become allies of God, and heirs to eternal life.
 
Reflection
 
What’s happening?
 
As Advent begins, shop windows are becoming very festive. Little by little, decorations begin to light up streets and homes everywhere. Christmas trees are beginning to appear. You really get the feeling that something’s about to happen. For the Church, a new year is beginning: Christians are getting ready for a marvelous event that is just around the corner. What event could that be? This week’s Gospel gives us a few clues. Jesus reminds us of how God made a promise to Noah. God wanted a special friendship with the human race, but Noah was the only person who wanted to follow God's ways. The people of Noah’s time weren’t able to recognize the Lord because they weren’t expecting him. Jesus warns us that it’s time to get ready for his coming. So keep on looking - things will be changing soon!
 
Discussion questions
 
1.Why do we get ready for the Second Coming of Jesus?
2.On what day is the Lord coming?
3.What will happen when Jesus comes again?
 
 
Praying after Communion
 
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
 
God our Father we thank you for the promise of the coming of your Son, Jesus. Help us to prepare ourselves for his coming during these four weeks of Advent. May everything we say to one another reflect our joy over the approaching feast of Jesus' birth.
 
This week…
 
Getting ready for a unique encounter
 
Advent is a time of waiting. Would you rather sit and do nothing, or be active? Think of what you can do to get ready to welcome Jesus. You can smile more, be kinder to others, or collect books you have outgrown and take them to sick kids in the hospital. Can you think of other ways to prepare for Jesus this Advent?
 
Decorate your home and your heart
 
With your family you can make an Advent wreath, light its first candle, set up a Nativity scene and decorate your home, You can also hang up decorations at the window or on the balcony so that people passing by can enjoy them, too.

Word search
 
 
 
Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm
 

 

 

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