FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: YEAR A
Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Mathew 24:37-44
Dear Father, help us to take your Word into our hearts and transform us. May the Holy Spirit inspire us to love you and your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Advent is the time set aside (four Sundays) for the preparation of the coming of Jesus. Jesus has not just come once; he lives amongst us.
The prophet Isaiah (Is 2:1-5) lived in a broken world. The whole nation was in danger of being destroyed and the people of his time lived in great fear. Today’s Christians have seen the realization of the prophecy of Isaiah in the person of Jesus Christ. As we prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we should prepare for the beginning of the new era for humanity. For this to happen we have to take heed of Christ’s invitation to “stay awake and pray” – “You too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Mt 24:44).
Jesus is God’s gift to us. We too can be a gift to him by our living a Christ-like life, a holy life, doing the next best thing as co-workers, co-redeemers and co-operators with him. As we prepare for his “coming” we convert by becoming more loving, engaging the world and transforming it by our acts of kindness, compassion and forgiveness.
May Christ find us alert and awake when he comes.