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Archives: December 2017
The Basilica of Saint Mary proudly releases BASILICA Magazine, Fall 2017: The Basilica Community, Our history and our future.
Thank you to the volunteer Magazine team for their dedication creating this issue.
Melissa Streit, Carol Evans, Rita Nagan, Elyse Rethlake
Inside this issue
Ascension: A Shelter from the Storms of Life
by Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus
Kristian Mauel Nguyen’s Next Milestone
Building a passion for The Basilica
by Steve Rudolph
Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation
The 500th Anniversary: 1517-2017
by Dirk G. Lange
Reflections on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Local faith leaders share their perspectives
Introduction by Johan M.J. van Parys, Ph. D.
Welcoming Dr. Sharon Pierce
Leading collaboration in our community
by Janice Andersen
Come As You Are
Creating connections through Pathways Ministry
by Elyse Rethlake
Hearing Jesus’ Call
Basilica Young Adults - faith, fun, and service
by Melissa Streit
The Life of a Swiss Guard
Vatican Museums exhibit stops in Minneapolis
by Johan M.J. van Parys, Ph. D.
Reflecting what matters most in life
by Peggy Jennings and Monica Stuart
The Basilica Block Party and Landmark Ball: Captured in images
by Mae Desaire
The award-winning BASILICA magazine is sponsored by The Basilica Landmark, a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is the preservation and restoration of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and it campus. BASILICA is published twice a year (spring and fall) with a circulation of 20,000.
For advertising information please contact Peggy Jennings.
For this Sunday’s readings click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser. http://usccb.org/bible/readings/121017.cfm
In our Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent, we encounter the figure of John the Baptist. (We will also hear about John the Baptist next Sunday.) We are told that “John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey.” John’s mission was simple. He came to prepare the way of the Lord.
Now certainly it would be difficult to say that John was a “handsome figure.” Camel’s hair and leather are not fashion statements. And a steady diet of locusts and wild honey can’t have been appealing. And yet we are told that “the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him.” What could have attracted them? I suspect it was the force of his personality and the power of his message. He proclaimed “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
While I have never met a “great” sinner, I have met lots of people who (like me) need to repent of particular sins, as well as entrenched patterns of sinfulness. Because of this, I need to hear the Baptist’s message. And when I hear and heed this message, I understand anew the meaning of and need for the season of Advent.
If you have ever heard Handel’s Messiah our first reading for this weekend will be very familiar. It begins: “Comfort, give comfort to my people.” It is taken from that part of the book of Isaiah referred to as the Book of Consolation. It was intended to console Israel as their time of exile was coming to an end.
Our second reading for this weekend is taken from the second Letter of St. Peter. It reminds us clearly that God’s time is not our time and that God does not operate on a human timetable.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion:
- During this season of Advent, who or what is calling you to prepare the way and repent of your sins? How are you called to do this?
- Sometimes messengers --- like John the Baptist --- come in unlikely guises. Who has been a “messenger” of God for you? In what unlikely guise did they appear? What was their message? Were you consoled or challenged by this message?
- In retrospect, can you think of an instance when God’s time was not your time?