ST. JUDE PARISH

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Catechesis

ADVENT SEASON — YEAR B  

We have now begun a new liturgical year. We will read through Mark’s gospel, engage the stories of David’s family, and spend considerable time in the epistles of Ephesians, Hebrews and James.

Many people are surprised to learn that the Gospel of Mark includes no stories about the birth of Jesus.  But first, let us be in the present, in the season of Advent.  Advent puts Christmas into its proper place, not as a warm, snuggly around the fireplace feeling, but rather as nothing less than the completely disruptive shocking news of the God who, through this birth, makes all things new.

Advent helps us understand just how the news of the birth of Jesus we celebrate during Christmas Season (December 24 – January 8) is so very Good NewsAdvent truly prepares us, tunes us in the angelic voices to be raised on Christmas Day. Advent reminds us that the good news we seek, indeed the only really good news there is, is precisely for each one of us individually and collectively.  Advent gives sound to the voices of prophets who spoke so long before the arrival of Jesus.

When the gospel readings switch from Mark to John in the third week (December 17th), we hear the testimony of John the Baptist and his own radical ministry in which he called people to repent and be baptized but also realizing himself and sharing with others that his ministry was only foretaste of what the Coming One, Jesus, would do. When we hear from Luke in the fourth week, it is not to the “comforting manger” that we go, but to a young girl who is told that she will be conceived by God and that the baby she will bear will sit on David’s throne.