1st Sunday of Advent (A).
BE PREPARED ALWAYS.
With the season of Advent, Our Lord Jesus Christ invites us again to be always prepared and to open our lives to Him, proclaiming the immense need we have of Him. During this liturgical season we remember and thank Him for first coming during His Birth in Bethlehem (Christmas) and prepare ourselves for His second coming at the end of the world. It is, therefore, a propitious opportunity to renew our faith and our responsibility before the saving mystery of Christ.
- The 1st reading taken from Isaiah 2: 1-5 recounts how Our Lord gathers all peoples in the eternal peace of the kingdom of God.
- Notwithstanding the ignorance and aberrations of men, God wants that the plan of salvation includes the entire mankind. We all need Christ Redeemer and the full revelation of the love of God.
- In this first reading, the prophet Isaiah looks in the distance at the Lord’s day (His Second Coming) and presents the universal character of all salvation. The people of the Covenant (the Old and New Israel) have been chosen by God to possess and transmit faith and salvation to all peoples. God works for the world through the Church He founded (the Catholic Church), since the first people of the Alliance were unfaithful.
- Hence it is our responsibility as Christians to remove all the obstacles to the saving and redemptive mission of Christ and live our calling as His instruments to bring souls closer to Him, according to the vocation He has called us.
- In the 2nd reading taken from Romans 13: 11-14, St. Paul reminds us that our salvation is near.
- Those who by faith have already known the mystery of Christ must not fall into the unconsciousness of living in the irresponsibility of the children of darkness.
- We must always look forward to the definitive encounter of Christ convinced that this present life is a journey into our future encounter with the Most Blessed Trinity.
- Let us not walk in darkness but rather, while living in this world, walk in the light of Christ.
- In today’s Gospel from St. Matthew 24: 37-44, the Evangelist recalls Jesus’ words: “be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
- Jesus exhorts us to be always vigilant and this involves making sure that we have God in our soul in grace for we do not know when Our Lord will decide to call us unto Himself and when His Second Coming will be.
- To be always prepared, and knowing that “even the just man falls seven times a day,” it is necessary to humbly, contritely and frequently approach the Sacrament of Confession to ask pardon from God for our sins and to receive His forgiveness, love, mercy and be reconciled with Him.
- Let us remember that only those with vigilant faith, renewed love and permanent fidelity, striving daily to get up and open one’s heart to Christ to let Him reign there, are deemed worthy of eternal salvation.
Dear brethren in Christ, let us live this Advent well, preparing ourselves to meet the Savior by opening our heart and life to Christ with a careful vigilance, firm faith, humble and sustained daily struggle out of love of God so as to immerse ourselves totally in Christ and thus be bearers of His Divine Light and sowers of everlasting joy for others.
Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei, Catholics striving for Holiness.
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