First Sunday of Advent

Is. 2:1-5 | Ps. 122:1-9 | Rom. 13:11-14 | Mt. 24:37-44

The readings contain an element of expectancy.  That expectancy is based upon the coming of Jesus into our lives.  Happy New Year!  As we begin the Advent Season, the Church calls us to listen to the Word of God and become expectant ourselves.  We await the celebration of the Birth of Christ two thousand years ago.  However, we are called to await and to prepare for the Birth of Christ in our own lives.  We are called to a change of life so that all we are and do is done in, through, and with Christ.  We are called to a deep relationship with Christ and to allow Christ to have first place in our lives.

Isaiah calls us to climb the mountain of the Lord so that we might walk in God’s ways and no one will wage war against another.  Paul reminds us that it is time to be awake and to walk in the light of God’s ways, to put on Jesus Christ and make no provisions for the things of the flesh.  Jesus reminds us that if the people of Noah’s time, as well as ourselves, lived each day in the light of God’s love they would have been prepared for God’s coming.  We are called to examine our lives and to be ready to hear God’s call.

As we begin Advent, find a way to spend five extra minutes with God each day.  Allow yourself to grow in God’s love and to come closer to God.  Thus God will enable you to “shine like the stars in heaven.”

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