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First Sunday in Advent Mark, 13/33-37

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If ever a Gospel had a wake up call it is today's. Wake up, Jesus tells us at the beginning of the liturgical year and the first Sunday of a preparation for Christmas. Good things are about to happen. The Master is returning. There'll be a big celebration. Don't miss it. Shake off your lethargy, get rid of your moods, drop your attitude, forget about your reasons to sulk. There's a big party coming and you're invited. And don't let the holidays interfere with Christmas.

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Once upon a time a mother and father (who were also a grandmother and a grandfather) had a wonderful idea for celebrating Christmas. They would take their children and grandchildren to Ireland for Christmas time. Even if it was dark almost all day in Ireland at that time of the year and cold and wet too. The warmth of our family will bring heat and light to Ireland, they said. We'll have a grand time. Their grandkids thought the idea was extreme cool. So did their kids and their spouses. It would disrupt the children's schedules and they'd wine a lot, but it would be a great adventure. Christmas in Galway, how could you beat it! Well, one couple was a little less than enthused. How could they get all their Christmas shopping done and all their cards out and go to all their dinners and parties if they had to prepare for a trip across the ocean in Aer Lignus. They went through the motions but their hearts were not really in it. As St. Stephens day drew near they knew they couldn't do - or perhaps didn't want to do it. Anyway, they pretended they were almost packed and then at noon on St.Stephens Day they called the grandparents and proclaimed that they both had colds and so did the kids, so they just weren't able to get ready in time. For the rest of the winter the other kids told their cousins how the sun shined every day( it was a miracle) and the temperature was in the fifties and how much fun their trip to Ireland had been.

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For the rest of the winter the other kids told their cousins how the sun shined every day( it was a miracle) and the temperature was in the fifties and how much fun their trip to Ireland had been.
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