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Deacon Lyn's Homily for the First Week of Advent

 

To be awake is to be Now Here

 

I’m afraid we probably hear this gospel as if it is a threat. Like the coming of Lord is going to get us or trap us. In fact, the point is exactly the opposite. When the moment the Lord comes is every moment, all the time. In the evening, at midnight, at the cock crow, in the morning. The presence, sisters & brothers, is infinite, everywhere, always & forever. You can’t not be in the presence of God. There is no other place to be. The only change is on our side. God is present, but we are not present to the presence!

 

You could say that all spiritual teaching, is simply teaching you how to present to the moment. At midnight, morning, cock-crow, or evening. When you’re present you will experience the presence.

 

Here is the problem, we are almost always somewhere else, living in the past, or worrying about the future. Our minds can only do two things. It can reprocess the past, over & over again this makes us as an excessive- compulsive person. Bin there! Most people are really. They just keep thinking the same thoughts over & over again. Or worry about the future over & over again. If you watch your mind it doesn’t think many original thoughts. You just keep thinking the same problematic way that your mind loves to create. If we don’t find a way out of this, we can go to all the church services we want & you’re not going to be present to the presence. You will not experience the Eternal Advent, the eternal coming of God.

 

I had a wonderful week, as I hope you did as well for Thanksgiving. Every morning I asked God for me to be present to experience the presence. I had my family in for Thanksgiving Day. We had 37 people at our home. A house full. By I was present to my oldest son who came early & experienced the compassion of God. Meal wasn’t big enough. He share God’s compassion. Then Friday Morning, parishioner had MI, spent the day serving his family, experienced miracle modern medicine. Saturday Surprise Birthday Party Mom. People being present to my mom to celebrtate. Being present to all those events to experience God’s presence t & everything became an occasion for joy.

 

 Sisters & brothers I don’t think we know what an unnatural world we live in. No one has had the obstacles we have. We carry our obstacles in our pockets now, our I phones, I pads, any excuse to be somewhere else than to be right here. Right here in never enough, right here & right now can never make us happy. We got to fill it with useless conversation & let’s be honest most of our conversation is about nothing. Nothing. Nothing matters, nothing that lasts, nothing that is real. It’s over & over & over & pretty soon we have frittered away 20 years of our life. The only life that we have.

 

Sisters & Brothers, we have to find a way to experience our experiences. Or otherwise we are on cruise control & we go through our whole life & don’t know what is happening. Realize that the divine energy of God is flowing through each one of us. It has nothing to do with us being perfect, because we are not & never will be & for a wonderful reason, that’s what God loves! The imperfection & ordinariness of human life. That’s you & that’s me.  

 

Advent is not these 4 weeks before Christmas, although it is, Advent is always & waiting. The coming will happen when ever you’re here! PAUSE

 

Did you ever notice that the words, “Now- Here” & put them together spells nowhere? When you are Now-Here it always feels like nowhere, feels like nothing. And we are rushing to the next moment as if it’s going to be better, & it isn’t. Because if you don’t taste “this Moment” you won’t taste the next moment either, or the next, year, month, week.

 

Sisters & brothers, God invites you to live fully the only life that you will ever have. And the way you live it in not by living in the past or the future but living right NOW! So Wait, Watch & Live!!!

 

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Caps Corner Bio

Mark Capuano

By the Fall of 2008 Mark Capuano (Cap) was comfortable and content with his life as an Evangelical Elder.  Thinking he "had it all figured out" his thoughts were primarily on spending his remaining years in the company of friends and acquaintances within his tight circle of fellow believers in rural Ohio.  God had other plans.  


Spurred by a particularly harsh criticism of the Catholic Church he'd heard from a missionary to Italy, Cap decided to finally explore the history of Christianity in depth.  Only this time, rather than reading what others had to say, he decided to go right to the source - the Apostolic Fathers.  What he discovered changed his mind, his world, his life.  

A study which began as an apology of Catholicism to be a legitimate, Biblically based Christian religion, ended up a defense of Orthodoxy itself, and the first step in a personal journey back to the Church of his youth.  By the summer of 2011 the journey was complete.  His book "Giving My Ancestors a Vote" details this thought process from a first person perspective.  Mark's hope is that it will ultimately be of value as a starting point toward unity, which is the prayer of our Lord.  

"Cap's Corner" is a collection of short thoughts and lessons, also intended to help others along their own person faith journey.  Never at a loss for wit, you may find these articles interesting and enjoyable.

Cap currently resides in Bolivar, Ohio and is a member of The Church of The Holy Trinity in Zoar.  A professional chemical/materials engineer, he is now retired from The Timken Steel Company.  In addition to Jesus Christ, his passions include music, reading, and fishin'.