Sunday, November 27, 2005
First Sunday of Advent--Keep Watch
Today's Gospel urges us to keep watch for we will not know when the Lord will be coming. So many missed Him when he came to earth as a baby in a manger. So many were so busy worrying about so much, that they missed the humble birth in Bethlehem. So many of us will be so busy worrying about the commercial or psychological aspects of the Christmas season, that we will fail to do the inner, spiritual preparation that is necessary for Him to come to us.
Today's Advent gospel talks about staying awake in preparation for the Lord's coming. Since Jesus himself was speaking, He wasn't talking about his coming in a manger, but his returning to earth at the end of the world. There are so many people today who focus their spiritual energies on the so-called "end times". Yes, one day, there will be the "end of the world". But Jesus said we will not know the day or the hour. One thing is for sure. We each will see the "end times"--when we die and face our Father in Heaven.
So, prepare for the end times--your end times, and, don't worry about what you can not control. Leave that up to God.
This Advent, prepare yourself spiritually for the Lord's coming--both in your own heart, now, and when you meet Him in Heaven. Go to confession, forgive others, forgive yourself, reach out and show His love.