Intention: That the start of this Advent will herald for us a time of prayer and conversion as we return our hearts and our lives to the work of building God’s Kingdom of peace, justice, and love.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 24:37-44
Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
A Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
On this, the first day of Advent, Christians everywhere are being called to place themselves in a special time of preparation. In fact, the word advent means “a coming”. It is an interesting word to use in relation to the One who always is, who has never not been present. However, the nativity of Jesus was truly God coming to us. By approaching us as one of us, perhaps we would learn how to approach him. By dispelling the illusion of distance, perhaps we then would stop creating distance to use as an excuse for our sinfulness. In the tiny cry of an infant, perhaps we would finally hear God’s eternal “I Am.” This is the call of these special days. The time of Advent is a time to embrace in our anticipation of redemption the wholeness and holiness of which we are already capable here and now.
Eternal Father, as this Advent begins, we look to celebrate when you came to this earth as man and Creator, embracing the world and bringing into it gifts of light, life, and mercy. Just as people waited for your coming in that time long ago, may we, too, long for you to be born in our hearts. Rekindle our faith, renew our hope, and restore our love. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.