But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. (Gal 4:4-5, NABRE)
It is the first Sunday of Advent. For those Christians who are part of an organized faith, this is “new year’s day.” It starts the beginning of the liturgical year. It’s not yet the Christmastide, but Christmas is just around the corner — about four weeks away. Now is the time to prepare yourself for the celebration of the first coming of Christ. He is coming again, and we will remember that during an advent Sunday soon.
ABOUT THE CARTOON …
We see Bishop Bob and Herman having another one of their “Cathedral conversations.” Herman is getting the scoop on what advent really is. And as it becomes clear to him, he also feels a new sense of gratitude. Herman lives in an age when women kill their babies and governments use their might and force to make sure that it’s possible to do this.
“Wow!” Herman must’ve thought to himself. And then he says, “I’m really glad that Mary and Joseph were both pro-life!”
It is hard for Herman to imagine what the world would have missed if Mary would have decided that her pregnancy with Jesus was an “unwanted pregnancy.” Fortunately, Herman’s just a mouse, and he doesn’t have to ponder what the world is missing now because of all the little ones we have already eliminated. Cures for cancer. World peace. Great artworks. Unimaginable inventions. The world has lost them forever because of the “inconvenience” of a pregnancy.
IN CLOSING …
Happy first Sunday of Advent. The Good News is Jesus. He has come, and He will come again! Let us remember Him especially in this new year for the Church! And let us adore Him and worship Him. O’ Come All Ye Faithful!