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Mt:23:27-32

Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, beautiful in appearance; but, inside, there are only dead bones and uncleanness. In the same way, you appear religion to others, but you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness within.

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets, and decorate the monuments of the righteous. You say: had we lived in the time of our ancestor, we would not have joined them in shedding the blood of the prophets. So, you, yourselves. confess to be the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. And now, finish off what your ancestors began.

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4Things You Need to Know About the Advent Season.

advent is a season that brings to mind the Two Coming of Christ.

Advent is underway.

Most of us have an intuitive understanding of Advent, based on experience, but what do the Church’s official documents actually say about Advent?

Here are some of the basic question and (official!) answers about Advent. (official!)

Some of the answer about Advent.

1.) What Is the Purpose of Advent?

Advent is a season on the Church’s liturgical calendar– specifically, it is as season on the calendar of the Latin Church, which is the largest Church in communion with the pope.

Other Catholic Churches– have their own celebration of advent:

According to the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar:

Advent has a twofold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered: as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and unjoyful expectation [ Norms 39].

We tend to think of Advent only as the season in which we prepare for Christmas, or the First Coming of Christ, but as the General Norms point out, it is important that we also remember it as a celebration in which we look forward to the Second Coming of Christ.

Properly speaking, Advent is a season that brings to mind the Two Coming of Christ.

2. What Liturgical Colors are used in Advent?

Particular days and certain types of celebration can have their own colors (e.g.. red for martyrs, black or white at funerals), but the normal color for Advent is violet. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal provides;

The color violet or purple is used in Advent and Lent. It may also be worn in Offices and masses for the Dead [ 346d].

In many places, there is a notable exception for the Their Sunday of Advent known as Gaudete Sunday:

The color rose may be used, where it is the practice, on Gaudete Sunday ( Third Sunday ( Fourth Sunday of Lent).

3. Is Advent a Penitential Season?

We often think Advent as a penitential season because the liturgical color of Lent, which is a penitential season.

However, in reality, Advent is not a penitential season. Surprise!

According to the Code of Canon Law (No.1250):

The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.

Although local authorities can establish additional penitential days, this is a complete listing of the penitential days and times of the Latin Church as a whole and Advent is not one of them.

4. When Does Advent Begin and End?

According to the General Norms (No. 40):

Advent begins with Evening Prayer I of the Sunday falling on or closer to 30 November and ends before evening prayer I of Christmas.

The Sunday on or closest to Nov.30 can range between Nov. 27 and Dec.3, depending on the year.

In the case of a Sunday, Evening Prayer I is said on the evening of the preceding day ( Sunday). According to the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours:

Evening prayers, celebrated immediately before Mass, is joined to it in the same way as morning prayer. evening prayer I of solemnities, Sundays may not be celebrated until after Mass of the preceding day or Saturday.

This means that Advent begins on the evening of Saturday falling between Nov. 26 and Dec. 2 ( inclusive), and it ends on the evening of Dec. 24, which holds evening Prayer I of Christmas ( Dec. 25).

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PARENTS SHOULD GIVE TIME TO THEIR KIDS TO READ.

Give time our children to read

Mostly, people, this time is very busy they don’t have time to their kids anymore that because both of them are busy to work. it may be there is someone helping them take care of them in the house but, how they can trust them. how they can make sure they really take care of them in a good way. it is very difficult right. anyhow, that because this is happening in our generation this time, parents should think about how they can take care of their own kids properly. Most parents give gadgets to their kids to play with and others, sometimes parent they don’t know what kind of game they can play their gadgets.

A parent should think that gadget is not really good for their children, especially for their eyes. I can see that lot of kids are wearing glasses this time and had to therapy for a different kind of problem, and what I can see all of this that because gadgets affect their eyes and brain, Gadget is amazing is very helpful for everything and the whole world, everyone loves it but, a parent just needs to guide to there kids and I really enjoy to learn about them, make our life easier but, we need to control our kids how far they can do and what time they can play.

However, we should give time to our kids to guide especially reading and play outside get along with different people and kids play with them have a laugh and run together with them it is a very beautiful way to do, not just let them stay home and play whole day on desktop or computer is not good to their health, they should communicate other in real person.

I remember when I was young I don’t have any toys to play with, what we can do is go to the mountain with friends and play, like hiking but, we really enjoyed it. we have fun a lot, I can’t imagine how happy we are, on the way back home, we use to draft on the other side and pick a lot of vegetables and fruits, for me that place is like paradise is so a beautiful place. I knew this time is not like that beautiful, on this time lot of people now staying there and I guest destroy the place so, it is very different today than yesterday.

Anyway, today is not easy to raise kids, before they plan to have one they should think about how to raise them. we love our kids very much, they are our life so, we need to take care of them how to raise them in a proffered way, give them time to be with us to read books and pray to God.

Mk 1:14-20

After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, ” The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good news,”

As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into a lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” At once, they abandoned their nets and followed him. Jesus went a little father on and saw James and John, the sons of of Zebedee; they were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately Jesus called them and they followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men.

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Jon 3:1-5,10

The word of Yahweh came to Jonah a second time: “Go to Nineveh, the great city, and announce to them the message I give you.”

In obedience to the word of Yahweh, Jonah went to Nineveh. It was a very large city, and it took three days just to cross it. So Jonah walked a single day’s journey and began proclaiming ” Forty days more and Nineveh will be destroyed.

The people of the city believe God They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways he had compassion and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened upon them.

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Eph 2:13-18

But now, in Christ Jesus and by his blood, you who were once far off have come near.

For Christ is our peace, he who has made the two peoples one, destroying in his town flesh the wall– the hatred– which separated us. He abolished the Law with its commands and precepts. He made peace in uniting the two peoples in him. creating out of the two one New Man. He destroyed hatred and reconciled us both to God through the cross, making the two one body

He came to proclaim peace; peace to you who were far off, peace to the Jews who were near. Through him we– the two peoples– approach the Father in one Spirit.

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Jer 23:1-6

Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” This is the message of Yahweh, God of Israel, to the shepherds in charge of my people, ” You have scattered my sheep and driven them away instead of caring for them. Now I will deal with you because of your evil deeds.

Amen.

I will gather the remnant of my sheep from every land to which I have driven them and I will bring them back to the grasslands. They will be fruitful and increase in number. I will appoint shepherds who will take care of them. No longer will they fear or be terrified. No one will be lost.”

Yahweh further says, “The day is coming when I will raise up a king who is David’s righteous successor. He will rule wisely and govern with justice and righteousness. That will be a grandiose era when Judah will enjoy peace and Israel will live in safety. He will be called Yahweh-our justice!”

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Acts 1:1-11

In the first part of my work. Theophilus, I wrote of all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he ascended to heaven.

But first he had instructed through the Holy Spirit the apostles he had chosen. After his passion, he presented himself to them, giving many signs that he was alive; over a period of forty days he appeared to them and taught them concerning the kingdom of God. Once when he had been eating with them, he told them, “Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the fulfillment of the Father’s promise about which I have spoken to you: John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit within a few days.”

When they had come together, they asked him, ” Is it now that you will restore the kingdom of Israel?” And he answered, “It is not for you to know the time and the steps that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the earth.”

After Jesus said this, he was taken up before their eyes and a cloud hid him from their sight. While they were still looking up to heaven where he went, suddenly, two men dressed in white stood beside them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven, will return in the same way as you have seen him go there.”

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Eph 4:1-13 (or4:1-7,11-13/1;17-23)

Brother and sisters: Therefore I, the prisoner of Christ, invite you to live the vocation you have received. Be humble, kind, patient, and bear with one another in love.

Make every effort to keep among you the unity of Spirit through bonds of peace. Let there be one body and one Spirit, just as one hope is the goal of your calling by God. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God, the Father of all and is in all.

But to each of us divine grace is given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said: When he ascended to the heights, he brought captives and gave his gifts to people.

He ascended, what does it mean but that he had also descended to the lower parts of the world? He himself who went down, then ascended far above all the heavens to fill all things. As for his gifts, to some he gave to be apostles, to others prophets, or even evangelists, or pastors and teachers, So he prepared those who belong to him for the ministry, in order to build up the Body of Christ, until we are all united in the same faith and knowledge of the Son of God. Thus we shall become the perfect Man, upon reaching maturity and sharing the fullness of Christ.

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Jn 10:11-18

Jesus said, I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. Not so the hired hand, or any other person who is not the shepherd, and to whom the sheep do sheep as soon as they see the wolf coming; then the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep. This is because the hired hand works for pay and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father. Because of this, I give my life for my sheep.

“I have other sheep’s which are not of this fold. These I have to lead as well, and they shall listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock, since there is one shepherd.

“The Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay down freely. It is mine to lay down and to take up again: this mission I received from my Father.

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Jn 15:26-27;16:12-15

From the Father, I will send you the Spirit of truth. When this helper has come from the Father, he will be my witness, and you, too, with be my witness, for you have been with me from the beginning.

I still have many things to tell you, but you cannot bear them now. When he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into the whole truth. For he will not speak of his own authority, but will speak what he hears, and he will tell you about the things which are to come. He will take what is mine and make it known to you, in doing this, he will glorify me. All that the Father has in mine; for this reason, I told you that the Spirit will take what is mine, and make it known to you.

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Mt 7:21-29

Not everyone who says to me, Lord! Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father. Many will say to me on that day,’ Lord, Lord, did we not speak in you name? Did we not cast out devils and perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them openly, ‘ I have never known you; away from me, you evil people!’

Therefore, anyone who hears these words of mine, and acts according to them, is like a wise man, who build his house on rock. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house, but it did not collapse because it was build on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine, and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who build his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; It collapsed, and what a terrible collapse that was!”

When Jesus had finished this discourse, the crowds were struck by the way he taught, because he taught with authority, unlike their teachers of the Law.

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Cor 5:14-17

Indeed the love of Christ holds us and we realize that if he died for all, all have died. He died for all so that those who live may live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and rose again for them. And so from now on, we do not regard anyone from a human point of view, and even if we once knew Christ personally, we should now regard him in another way,

For that same reason, the one who is in Christ is a new creature. For him the old things have passed away; a new world has come.

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