WORD of the DAY
“Be vigilant for you do not know the day or the hour when the Lord will come.” (Luke 24,42)
Every man and woman is invited to be vigilant: their salvation or perdition depends on the attention they place on living this evangelical message every day and being docile to the voice of the Spirit. This waiting for the Lord is important for every human vocation: it is opening ourselves to communion with God, to charity toward our sisters and brothers, to the acceptance of the joys and sufferings that life reserves for us, and to the concrete realization of the gifts that each one of us has received from God and that the circumstances require.
The celebration of Advent urges us to recognize the coming of the Lord in each daily event and it predisposes us for the final coming of God at the end of our life and of our history. The Lord asks us to open wide our heart to the desire and the commitment to receive Him worthily.
O Lord, grant that I may receive You with joy as my Savior, after the example of Your dear Mother.
The Voice of Pope Francis
Discern and be vigilant so that you will not be fooled by what seduces and attracts. Let us ask the Lord for this grace, the grace of discernment and the grace of vigilance. (Homily, October 9, 2015)