Advent Reflection:Beginning of a New Liturgical Year

To know or not to know… that is the question!  Do we know or do we not know?  The readings for Mass on the First Sunday of Advent seem to point out that we both know –or should!– and don’t know –and can’t!  This “knowing/not knowing should lead us to prepare well for the coming of Christ, no matter when and how that takes place.

St. Paul says: “You know the time… the hour” and calls us to “wake from sleep” while making “no provision for the desires of the flesh.” (Romans 13:11-14)  Jesus also speaks of an hour, a day and a time, but he states that men and women in Noah’s days “did not know” the day, and that we ourselves “do not know which day (our) Lord will come.”  What to do then?  “Stay awake!”… “Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” (Matthew 24:37-44)  

Yes, He will!  Jesus Christ will come again!  That’s what we believe and profess week after week.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and He comes to us daily in a variety of ways.  He came once and will come again.  When?  We do not know the hour of the day… but we do know that the time to prepare is now, not later; that the hour of His visitation is today, every day every minute of every hour of every day as we welcome Him more fully into every corner of our minds, hearts, souls and lives where Christ the King wishes to reign with love.  

Are you ready?  Live every day as if it were the first day of your life – with glee and enthusiasm, with wonder and expectation!  But also live as if today were the last day of your life, making sure that you are not merely “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage”, but making it your life’s purpose to please the Lord in all things, at all times.  Make provision for the things of the spirit, not for the desires of the flesh.  Pray daily to the Lord: “A clean heart create for me, oh God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. (Psalm 51)  Live as if God were watching –because He is!– and be sure to put a big smile on Christ’s face each day. 

Be ready now. One never knows the day nor the hour.


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