Gospel Reading and Thoughts for November 30, 2014

advent week 1Gospel – Mark 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”

 

Welcome to Advent! It’s time to get out that Advent wreath and light the first purple candle! With the celebration of our liturgical new year last week, we begin the year anew with the Advent season. Jesus is cautioning us to ready. Always be ready. We do not know how Christ will come into our lives.

I can see this example extending to three ways Christ could enter our lives.

First, we can use the counsel to prepare us for Christmas – to help us prepare our families and our hearts for the birth of Christ celebrated at Christmas. Second, we can recognize our own mortality, knowing that our life could end at any time. We are on borrowed time – whatever God needs our lives to be. But whether we are on heaven or earth, we first and foremost belong to him. So this warning is to ensure that we don’t get too attached to things of this life.

And third, we can look for opportunities for Christ to enter into our lives on a daily basis. We can look for Him in other people – in their needs. And we can try to meet their physical and spiritual needs, welcoming Christ into our lives.

Let us prepare our hearts, ready our lives, for the celebration of Christmas by being aware, being alert, and being ready to welcome our Lord.

 

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