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(Of the 2,403 Americans who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago, 45 of them were from Louisiana. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.)

(Thursday of the First Week of Advent)

Consider for a moment the people in your personal life who laid the foundation on which you live today. Faith. The ability to know right from wrong. The example of a good work ethic, and so on. Recall too those who laid the foundation for our county, our community, our church.

I am particularly grateful for my parents and all that they did for me, for us, in laying this foundation. At the same time, I am also mindful of the reality, that, we do not always stand on that solid ground. Sometimes, at least for a moment, we step off of this foundation, we leave the path, if you will, and spend some time living on shaky ground. These are the moments when we act and live, not like the wise man in today’s Gospel, but the fool. We often do this by choice. We give into human imperfection, temptation, and sin. Maybe not in such a way as to cause severe damage. But to one degree or another, there are those little moments when we look back and say, “wow, I can’t believe I did that.” We step off of the foundation that is Jesus Christ.

Advent can be a time during which we can look down at the ground and ask ourselves a very simple, basic question: where am I standing?