Look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.

Catholic Gospels - Homilies, Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit  Look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand. Catholic Gospels - Homilies - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit

Year C  -  First Sunday of Advent

Look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.

Look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand. Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves;
26 Men withering away for fear, and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved;
27 And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty.
28 But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly.
35 For as a snare shall it come upon all that sit upon the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye, therefore, praying at all times, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are to come, and to stand before the Son of man.

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

First Sunday of Advent - Look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand. Even though human wisdom is limited in comprehending the divine mysteries, there is not any human being who cannot recognize the greatness of God. Every man and every woman have in their hearts questions regarding the end of their lives and the end of the world.

Some people are afraid in this respect, reflecting seriously, and fearing their creator, while others laugh and feel indifferent.

A human being is powerless before the great disasters of nature; thousands of lives are lost each year because of the fury of the elements. Drinking water is more scarce every day, the earth is increasing its aridity, the extremes of heat and cold intensify each year, climates are showing their inclemency constantly, the soil refuses to produce as before and the whole world suffers awaiting a better future. All these signs signal the disapproval of Providence before the state of the world.

While millions of human beings live in poverty, others live in opulence. Injustice has brought this humanity to its own suffering. The exploitation of people has created unemployment. When technologies are misused, they often do more damage than good. World leaders donít use their influence to procure a better future for the poor. All this is an insult to God who has created everything with the desire for the well being of all.

Besides injustice there is sin and crime, which grow each day as if there was not a God who can see everything and who has reward and punishment for all human actions.

I have come to point out the way to liberation, I have come to prepare souls with my instruction, I have come to warn them of the consequences of a life without God. I have told you to prepare for my second coming, which wonít be like the first, when I was the victim.

My second coming will be triumphant and majestic, it will crush all those who did wrong and despised goodness, it will be full of my power and glory as Judge. This is why I warn you to stay alert, because no one knows the moment of the day in which everything that exists will disappear and everyone will be face to face with my Justice.

Have recourse to my bountiful mercy while it is possible; take advantage of your time by doing good works and by preparing yourselves for the great change, which must come. Everything that has been predicted will come to pass.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

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