Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sermon Notes: the Good Shepherd

Sermon Notes for Tuesday of 2nd Week in Advent
St. Vincent de Paul Parish
December 10, 2013
·        Consider that in this Gospel, the parable of the Good Shepherd, we see two kinds or groups of sheep: one in the valley having lost his way, the other(s) on the hill top safe and sound.
·        Those sheep left up on the mountain top are like the Saints who have gone before us in the ways of the Lord. Now they sit atop the mountain crying out to us, proclaiming to us in the scriptures the way to salvation: 
o   John the Baptist: “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!”
o   “Herald of glad tidings; Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! He comes with power the lord God…”
·        We are all too often that sheep wandering in the valley of the shadow of death, straying from the flock.
o   We cannot be afraid to hear the call of our own salvation! To hear proclaimed to us eternal life!
o   Do we hear: “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guild is expiated.”
o   In the responsorial psalm: “The Lord our God comes with power.”
o   Do we hear the voices upon the mountain crying out to us the coming of the Lord?
·        This is the joy of Advent proclaimed to us: the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. Advent is simply a time to recognize our position in the valley and to hear and to rejoice at the words of salvation.

·       Our response is the motto or chant of advent is Veni, Domine, noli tardare, “Come, Lord, do not delay!”

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