Mr. Harris’s essay is often characterized by an emotional plea for answers in the face of the suffering that besets mankind. This is nothing new. At some point, nearly everyone finds himself in that position. It’s a thread that runs through mankind’s history.
As we look on the face of the Christ Child in celebration of the Nativity of the Lord, let us adopt the heart of the poor shepherds whose life of silence and watchfulness prepared them to receive the message of the birth of the Messiah.
We often set off on an unceasing quest to distance ourselves from every anxiety, and thus begin to live in such a way as to constantly seek change for “the better.” There is a self-inflicted stress in such a life; a nervous movement toward some savored goal.
Are you ready to repent and let Jesus into your life, that you may experience a new life of joy, happiness, and peace?
In our gospel today on this First Sunday of Advent (Matt 24:37-44), Jesus uses the flood in the time of Noah to provide us with a lesson on the end times and his second coming. Our Lord tells us: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”