29 November 2011

Homily for Advent 1 - Ad Te Levavi

We begin the season of Advent, and the whole Church Year, with a pretty stark picture. As we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of our Savior, the first picture we see is that of a humble, poor, donkey-riding King! Really? Yes, really. "Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" (Zechariah 9:9). The genius of the First Sunday in Advent is that we get to focus on the ultimate purpose for our Lord's coming--to humble Himself in order to save us. It's "How God Wants to be Seen." He wants to be seen in humble guise. He wants to be seen descending into the depths of our poverty and sin, because, after all, that's where He finds us to rescue and deliver us.

To listen to "How God Wants to be Seen," click here and download the audio file.

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