Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the first Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19B; 64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

In the reading from Isaiah today we hear a prophetic prayer of lamentation from a people who has been exiled after the destruction of the Temple. It calls God to manifest His presence and power as never before. Isaiah calls on God to redeem and to vindicate Israel as God promised that He would do. Israel feels that because God is silent, He is absent.

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