Sunday, December 2, 2007
First Sunday of Advent - "Stay awake!"
Advent is a time of waiting. We wait with Mary. We need to be awake. The message of today's Gospel is "stay awake!" For you do not know on which day your Lord will come."
We are so caught up in the daily business of life, small and big concerns, the routine of work, the battle to get around in traffic, and the thousand little things that need to be done (or we think need to be done), that we are in need of an Advent call to be alert to the essentials in life. Advent is a wake-up call; it is a time to prepare for the coming of the Lord.
The Gospel for the First Sunday in Advent also tells us: "You must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."
Be prepared! This is the scout's motto, but it is the motto of every Christian. Jesus calls us to be prepared; to live ready to die. We are prepared for his coming when we are living a life of love, hope and faith. We believe in his coming, we long for it, we prepare our hearts to receive him with love. This is what Advent is about and we have only four weeks to prepare for this Christmas!