Posted by: livingscripture | November 28, 2010

First Sunday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

                              Matthew 24: 44

How should we live this Word

Advent begins today and with it, a new liturgical year.  Advent helps us live a journey that interiorizes the mystery of Jesus and our call to salvation in Him.  It is not solely a time to prepare for Christmas but also an invitation to be vigilant, awake, and aware of what is essential in our life, our encounter with the Lord.  “Be prepared,” today’s Gospel tells us because there is no way to make an appointment for this encounter.  One thing is certain.  The Lord will come and it is important for us to cultivate our awareness of this day after day.  If I am expecting someone important at my home, someone who will take me on a journey to limitless happiness, it is only logical that I would live in joyful expectancy.  I would get rid of everything that is an impediment to accomplish this meeting and this journey.

So too, in this society of rhythms of frenetic activism, of feverish doing, I would set aside a time in which to live in peaceful waiting.  I would continue to work but not frenetically.  I would be totally dedicated to my duties but with a heart that gives meaning to everything so that all would become festive love and vigilance. Therefore, I would get rid of all useless things and preoccupations                                                           

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will interiorize the profound meaning of Advent.

Lord Jesus, make me live each day in expectancy of Your coming.  Free me from all egotistical attachments so that I may be ever ready for Your coming. 

The voice of the Didaché, Writing from the Ancient Church 

Be vigilant over you life, so that your lamp will not go out and the belt around your waist will not loosen.  Be ready, for you do not know the hour of the Lord’s coming.  Gather frequently and together seek that which counts most for your souls.  Of what use would it be to have lived in the faith if at the last moment you are not found faithful?

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