Sunday, December 03, 2006
Put down those glasses!
1st Sunday of Advent
Gospel: Lk. 21: 25 - 28, 34 - 36
It's interesting how philosophy of science explains paradigm shifts and crises in science. The classic example would be the Copernican theory of the earth revolving around the sun and not vise-versa. Prior to that, everyone thought that the earth is at the center of the universe. But things are just so complicated. There is hardly anything coherent in mathematical systems and concepts. Not until the 16th century when Nicolaus Copernicus, a polish astronomer, changed this view. Then mathematical formulae became simpler.
There's a saying that we look at the world through a certain colored glasses. And if the color is red, that's what we see. But if others are saying that it is green, and others, colored, we might as well remove those glasses to be able to see things from another perspective.
Our gospel is about the destruction of the world. It may refer to the end times or significant events in history that simulated the end of the world. But it may also refer to the way we see things that need to be destroyed first before another one more beautiful than what we're desperately holding on to can be built.
Jesus invites us to a change of paradigm. Like the earth to the sun, he invites to destroy our orientation that it is us at the center of our own selfish universe and put on the new one that revolves entirely around Him. Like the glasses of our narrow-minded world, he invites us to remove them so we can put on Jesus and see things more clearly.
So far today, we see suffering and pain while others live luxuriously. See as Jesus sees and many people will live. This advent, prepare to put Christ at the center.
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