#MyMassTakeaway: The Sins I See in Others

Today’s the Second Sunday of Advent.

Find the Mass Readings here: Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2017

My takeaway:

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#MyMasstakeaway – The sins I see in others. . I'm feeling pretty crabby today. I started the morning off in a bad mood, and I directed it towards others. . "Why are you so lazy? ….Stop shouting! ….Lose the attitude ….aNOTHer bathroom trip? Cant we just pay attention to the Mass?!" . I'm busy dissecting everyone else's sins, and turning a blind eye to my own. Projecting my own irritation with myself onto them. Nitpicking the things I'm angry at myself for. . But Jesus didn't come to point fingers. When He came, He said "Your sins are mine. I take them upon myself." . Here I am in my pride, saying "my sins are yours and you better change." I need to become more like Jesus. I need to turn a compassionate and merciful heart towards my neighbor. And I need to take responsibility for my own sins, my own bad mood. I need a big dose of humility. . The sins I see in others are really my own sins. Its time to make a change. And it starts with myself.

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#MyMassTakeaway: clear a path for Christ Once a month, I volunteer to lead Liturgy of the Word for Children. I like to attend Mass before the Mass that has LOWC. This means Ben and I go to 8am Mass, go get breakfast, and come back for 10am. Today, Ben requested we listen to Bishop Barron's sermon while we ate. It was interesting to hear two different perspectives on the same readings. At our parish, Fr. Michael talked about how the Roman Empire would clear large roads in cities they had conquered. This enabled the armies to move easily through the empire to stop uprisings. We must clear our hearts to make way for peace (which is the meaning of the 2nd #Advent candle). Bishop Barron's sermon talked about clearing the way for God's grace and filling in valleys of spiritual indifference. Ultimately, we can't be passive as we wait for Christ. We must prepare the way in our hearts. #CSMI #BISsisterhood #CatholicsofInstagram #Sundayfunday

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Could you use a little comfort tonight, friend? There is so much to do and so little time. This is my first year working in parish communications and this week I have FOUR bulletins to put together because of the way Christmas falls. Add to that a kid’s well check and Christmas concert and getting your lovely orders finished and shipped and there just aren’t enough hours in the day! • But then God hands me this from today’s readings. This passage from Isaiah has long been a favorite of mine. God wants to comfort me in my distress…and you in yours. It goes on to tell us to prepare the way for the Lord, to make a straight path. It reminds us that the Lord will make a way, will make all things right and just. • So instead of giving in to the growing anxiety in my mind, I’m taking a deep breath and choosing to trust that the Lord will make a way for all I need to get done be done – all for His glory. It’s going to take discipline and focus, and maybe a few long hours, but I find comfort when I bring it back to the basics. He will create a path of abundance where I see none. I rest in that assurance tonight and pray you will too. ❤️ • (Lettering from work I did for the Expectantly Waiting in Wonder – Advent journal from @themessagecatholic)

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