SO YOU TOO MUST ALSO BE PREPARED . . .
This First Sunday
of Advent is the beginning of our new liturgical year. During this season of preparation and anticipation, the Church focuses our attention on both comings of Christ - his "arrival" at his birth and his second coming at the final judgement.
In our first reading (Isaiah 2:1-5)
, Isaiah prophesies about the end times when Jerusalem would be restored to its final glory and nations will no longer be at war with one another.
This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come, the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it; many peoples shall come and say: "Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths." For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord
In our Gospel reading (Matthew 24: 37-44)
, Jesus prepared his followers for "the coming of the Son of Man" and admonished them to be alert and watchful.
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."
In our Epistle reading (Romans 13:11-14)
, St. Paul instructs his readers how to live in anticipation of Christ's coming, throwing off "the works of darkness" and putting on Chrsit.
Brothers and sisters: You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and lust, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh!
The early Christians thought Christ's coming was imminent. While it has been two thousand years of anticipation, that day and hour could be a thousand years from now or it could be tomorrow
. The time and hour is not as important as the life we live in anticipation, in assurance and joy of what is to come. That is what the Advent season is about.
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