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Second Sunday of Advent

“When I was little, one of my favorite things was to get a big stack of books, walk into my older sister’s room, and set the books down by her bed. I’d crawl into her bed with our dad in between us, and wait excitedly for my dad to read through the stack of 10-15 books we had compiled for the night . Books on heavy rotation included Green Eggs and Ham and Go Dog Go among other Dr. Seuss favorites. “Oodles of Zeus” my dad would call those read-a-thon nights. More often than not, most if not all the books in the pile were books that we had read countless times and almost knew by heart, and more often than not, my dad would only get through one or two before we were asleep for the night. Each night, despite our track record, we would assemble this big stack, and each night my dad would start to work his way through the pile as if this would be the night we would get through them all. Aside from the cast of the start of this week’s Gospel sounding something like the cast of a Dr. Seuss book…”

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First Sunday of Advent

“How do you know that Christmas is near? For some, it’s the first snow storm and pulling out the winter coat. For others, it’s the transition from pumpkin spice to peppermint. Still others, know it’s near when holiday music is played, the garland is hung, and presents are wrapped. Well, in today’s gospel, Jesus also speaks of signs. Indicators in the sky, sea, and, even, the psyche. Fainting from fear, disturbances in the heavens, and blooming fig trees.”

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Christ the King

“Do you remember what you were doing on December 31, 1999?
I was at home with my parents and my sister. Some of our neighbors came over, too. I was also in the 5th grade, so the sparkling cider was flowing and there’s a real chance I wasn’t actually up until midnight…”

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