WISDOM DOES NOT CONTRADICT ITSELF "They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house, found the Child with Mary His mother." —Matthew 2:10-11 The wise men found the infant Jesus in a house some days after Jesus had been born in a stable. Their coming may have occurred around the days of Jesus' Presentation in the Temple forty days after His birth when Simeon prophesied that Jesus was both "a revealing Light to the Gentiles" and "a Sign of contradiction" (Lk 2:32, 34, our transl).
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THE NECESSITY OF ADVENT "May He strengthen your hearts, making them blameless and holy before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus." —1 Thessalonians 3:13 Happy New Year! This is the first day of the Church's year and the beginning of the Advent season. "This holy season teaches us that Christ's coming was not only for the benefit of His contemporaries; His power has still to be communicated to us all" (from a pastoral letter by St. Charles Borromeo, read at the Office of Readings for Monday of the first week of Advent). The purpose of Advent is to prepare us for a deep, personal, life-changing, world-shaking encounter with Christ this Christmas season.
WHAT'S "THEREFORE" THERE FOR? "One of the scribes came up, and when he heard them arguing he realized how skillfully Jesus answered them. He decided to ask Him, 'Which is the first of all the commandments?' Jesus replied: 'This is the first...' " —Mark 12:28-29