First Sunday in Advent

Year A Readings:

  • Isaiah 2:1-5
  • Psalm 122
  • Romans 13:11-14
  • Matthew 24:36-44

Conversion of St. Augustine

In a little while, I’ll make up my mind
to turn away from a life of sin,
but not right now.

I have the want, but not the will.
I ask, O Lord, how long until?
Why not now?

Tolle lege! Tolle lege!
is rendered as, “Take it up and read it!”
You are free

to break the bonds that keep you accursed.
Open the Book and follow the first
verse you see.

Not in carousing, drunkenness, debauchery,
not in sensuality, quarrelling, or jealousy—
put on Christ as a woman or man
puts on a garment.

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ;
make no provisions for the flesh
to find fulfillment.

NOTE: In his Confessions, St. Augustine credits this specific passage in Romans as the scripture that finally prompted him to convert to Christianity.

December 1, 2019

This begins Year (cycle) A

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