This week in the life of Advent – Le Grand Ole Opry


Mediations relate to gospel readings and all of the interesting events that occur on that day in history.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Jr 33: 14-16 / 1 Th 3: 12-4: 2 / Lk 21: 25-28, 34-36 (3) Pss I3

Bishop Barron’s Homily of the Week

On this day in 1520 …

After crossing the dangerous straits under South America which now bear his name, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan entered the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic.
Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Pacific – HISTORY

After crossing the dangerous straits of 2021, Christians finally reached Advent for the rest of the crazy year. And as a Catholic writer, I wanted to bring my thoughts to the start of this wonderful season of preparation for the great day of Christ’s birth. Here is my attempt at this process.

The Grand Ole Opry (TGOO) invited America to begin singing with them on November 28, 1925. This weekly American country music concert in Nashville, Tennessee began broadcasting their radio barn dance from a hour on WSM. It became the longest-running radio show in US history. Each week, it offers listeners a diverse mix of successful singers and contemporary charts playing country, bluegrass, American, folk and gospel music, as well as comedy performances and skits. It was started by a journalist and radio personality named George D. Hay. Back when the show was simply called WSM Barn Dance, Hay said what it was and took on the character of The Solemn Old Judge. A special session of the WSM Barn Dance in December 1927 made him open the show with these words …

Friends, the program which has just ended was devoted to the classics. Doctor Damrosch [host of the program right before Hay’s] told us that there is no room in the classics for realism. However, from now on for the next three hours, we will only present realism. It will be down to earth for the “terrestrials”.

At the start of Advent 2021, Christendom started by Jesus Christ the 2nd person of the Triune God invites you to sing with the choir of angels as they travel to Bethlehem to be born. He promises to be down to earth like his existence since the Word was made Flesh in the womb of the virgin Mary. It is realism at its most real as the reality that made all reality want to join its reality to yours. This is what the Advent journey consists of, preparing to invite the song of Christ into our interior dance halls so that we can dance with the Trinity in a square of Love with Him and all our brothers and sisters. . Prepare to lift your head to the music that is playing for our redemption is at hand.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Advent week purple
Isa 2: 1-5 / Mt 8: 5-11 (175)

Explorer Richard Byrd flies over the South Pole – STORY

In 1929 (4 years after TGOO began airing), the great American explorer Richard Byrd and three of his buddies took a plunge into aviation history. Byrd and company made the first flight to Earth’s Ends as they flew over the South Pole in their plane called the Floyd Bennett.

As we take a metaphorical flight over our lives on this Advent, we look at it and see where we are going and make the changes necessary to get to our destination. We make sure that our instruments are working properly and that our engines have enough fuel for the long journey of the life to come. We hope to reach Jesus’ birthday and amaze him with our great faith in his mercy and love.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Saint Andrew, Red Apostle
Rom 10: 9-18 / Mt 4: 18-22 (684) Accessory Pss

Meteorite hits woman in Alabama – STORY

Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges was sleeping peacefully on her sofa on November 30, 1954 in Sylacauga, Alabama, when a pesky meteorite crashes onto the roof of her house and into her living room, bouncing off the radio (possibly with the Grand Ol Opry playing in the background) and hits Elizabeth in the hip. The meteorite wasn’t big enough to wipe out the dinosaurs, but it did cause a nasty bruise down his leg and hip. This rock from outer space was a sulphide meteorite weighing 8.5 pounds and measuring seven inches in length.


The meteorites of life are hitting us all the time. Sometimes they give us more than a bruised hip. Sometimes they can cause significant damage and destroy our entire life. This is why Jesus asks us to follow him, as he asked Andrew, in this time of Advent. He wants us to be ready for this space rock that targets our homes by being ready and preparing. This is best accomplished by being his disciple. May we all become better disciples of our Lord by following Him this Advent and always.

Wednesday 1 December , 2021

Advent week purple
Is 25: 6-10a / Mt 15: 29-37 (177)

Rosa Parks initiates the bus boycott – STORY

In early December 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat at the front of the bus to a white person. Blacks were supposed to sit in the back of the bus, not in the front. This small act of civil disobedience inspired and prompted a young Martin Luther King, Jr. to organize the Montgomery bus boycott.

Rosa took her loaves and her fish and God multiplied the fight for injustice into something greater and greater. And that’s what God can do for us this Advent. He takes the little things in our lives and makes them bigger and bigger. We can’t start a national crusade against injustice like Dr. King and Mrs. Parks, but wherever we are, God can give us more of his grace to eat and consume.

Thursday 2 December , 2021

Advent week purple
Isa 26: 1-6 / Mt 7:21, 24-27 (178)

Enron files for bankruptcy – BACKGROUND

Returning to this day in 2001, the energy mega corporation, Enron, after all its attempts to seize wealth and power did the inevitable; they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It happened in New York and sparked a notorious cooperation scandal in the United States. They filed for Chapter 11 in hopes of receiving some kind of mercy. Not all who are great and mighty will enter the kingdom of heaven.

After our frenzy of greed, we sometimes feel exhausted and need to deposit spiritual chapter 11 with God. For Catholics, this means going to confession. Enron had to go to court to fix the issues. We go to the sacrament so that Jesus will have mercy on us sinners. So if this Advent if you feel bankrupt with sin, go to the one who can fill your spiritual bank account again.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Saint Francis Xavier, White Priest
Is 29: 17-24 / Mt 9: 27-31 (179)

Illinois Becomes 21st State – HISTORY

In 1818, the United States of America grafted Illinois into the union. Illinois then gave us people like Robin Williams, Walt Disney, and Harrison Ford, not to mention Barack Obama. as our 44th president and Honest Abe Lincoln as # 16. It also gave us the first McDonalds and lots of corn and pumpkins. He also gave us the biggest bottle of ketchup.

God through Christ has grafted us into his family by adoption. We are honored to be part of his family, just as Illinois is now part of the family of American states. If we implore mercy, he will hear us and show us what our blindness hides from us.

Saturday December 4 2021

Advent Day purple / white
[Saint John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church]

Is 30: 19-21, 23-26 / Mt 9: 35-10: 1, 5a, 6-8 (180)

Polish Christians come to the aid of Polish Jews – HISTORY

Hostage Terry Anderson freed in Lebanon – STORY

Returning during WWII in 1942 in Warsaw, Poland, a group of Polish Christians named Zofia Kossak and Wanda Filipowicz decided to act like Christ and put their lives in danger when they created the Council of assistance to the Jews. The group was led by two women.

Another bright spot in history on this day in 1991, the Islamist activists who kidnapped American journalist Terry Anderson in Lebanon released him after 2,454 days in captivity.

Just as Polish Christians helped Polish Jews by helping them fight the evil of the Nazis, Christ also helps us in our occupation by someone more evil. It is the devil and his angels. He proclaims the good news that sets us free like Terry Anderson. May we imitate Christ and help free others when they are oppressed by others.

Sunday December 5 2021

Measure 5: 1-9 / Phil 1: 4-6, 8-11 / Lk 3: 1-6 (6) PS II

Bishop Barron’s Homily of the Week

At 2:10 p.m., five US Navy Avenger torpedo bombers including Flight 19 took off from the Fort. Naval Air Station Lauderdale, Florida on a three-hour routine training mission. Flight 19 was to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, then return on a final 120 mile leg that would bring them back to the naval base. They never came back.
A squadron of planes disappears in the Bermuda Triangle – HISTORY

One of the greatest wonders of Advent and the Christmas season is the spectacular mystery of all the weird and awe-inspiring events surrounding history that we know so well. Just as the squadron of planes is a mystery, the incarnation of the divine person of Son remaining a 100% God while grafting a 100% of human nature is a mystery. Mysteries keep our inner child alive with speculation and thoughts about things we just don’t understand. As Michael Card sang

When the Father wanted to show
A love he wanted us to know
He sent his only begotten Son and so
Become a sacred embryo

This is the Mystery
More than you can see
Give up your thinking
And fall to my knees
A fiction as fantastic as it is wild
A mother made by her own child
The desperate baby who cried
“Were God incarnate and man deified?

This is the mystery
More than you can see
Give up your thinking
And fall to my knees

Prepare the way for the Lord by getting lost in this mystery.


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