First Sunday of Advent

Readings: Is. 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7 | Ps. 80:2-3; 15-16; 18-19 | 1Cor. 1:3-9 | Mk. 13:33-37

Today we begin the New Church Year and the first Sunday of Advent. All of the readings in one way or another call us to be attentive for the Lord’s coming. We are called to wait faithfully for God. Isaiah is reprimanding the people because they have not been faithful while they waited for God to come. Paul is giving a prayer of thanks for all the ways in which God has blessed, enriched and provided for them. Paul prays that the people will be faithful to these gifts while they wait for the coming of Christ. The Gospel tells us to keep alert because we do not know when the master will come.

How well do you wait during the day? For example, how patient are you at red lights, stop signs, the grocery store, etc.? How do you normally prepare for Christmas? Do you take time to be with God in prayer so that your heart will be ready for the coming of Christ? Take time to reflect on ways you might be able to prepare for Christmas by waiting more patiently, etc.

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