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 Short 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 into a special time of watchfulness and waiting. The English word advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “a coming”. It is an interesting word to use in relation to the One who is eternal, who is beyond time and place and is always present. What made the Nativity truly adventus was that God was breaking into our story in a new and radical way. By approaching us as one of us, perhaps we then 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. By speaking through the tiny cry of an infant, perhaps we would finally hear His omnipotent “I Am.” On Christmas, God came to us as a revelation, but also as a reminder. The time of Advent is a time to rediscover in our anticipation of redemption that the wholeness and holiness of God’s saving presence is with us here and now.
Eternal Father, we may not always see or hear you in our hurried and distracted lives, but you are there. Help us to pay attention and to be awake to your presence. May we live each day prepared to welcome you into our hearts and into all that we do. As Advent begins, may we ready ourselves for your Son’s coming as he cuts through the darkness and brings to us the light of life. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.