1st Sunday of Advent
Reflection for the 1st Week of Advent
In this week’s Gospel we hear Jesus telling his disciples to “stay awake” and to be “prepared” for they do not know when the Son of Man will come. But what does this mean? How do we, as disciples of Christ, do this?
The Gospel points us back to Noah and the Arc. In this story we learn that Noah took all the animals, two by two and put them in the Arc so that they might be saved from the flood. Noah was preparing. The coming of Christ is much like Noah and the Arc is a time of new beginnings, of change, and of great hope after a time of hardship and struggle.
The Church also prepares for a time of new beginnings and of hope after a year of struggle and hardship through the season of advent. One such way is through the lighting of the advent wreath. You may have noticed that in your Church this week there was a wreath near the altar with a candle lit. Each week leading up to Christmas a new candle will be lit, two purple, one pink, and another purple to symbolize our penance (purple) and our joy (pink). Another way is through the prayers for those in need, perhaps a family member or neighbor going through a hard time, that they might find the hope that comes with Christ.
Advent is a time of preparing for the celebration of Christmas, a time of new hope, and a time of joy. So just as we prepare for our holiday parties with decorating, and buying presents, so must we also prepare for the birth of Christ.
~ Maggie Qualter, Resurrection Campus Minister
First Sunday of Advent - HOPE
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 must also be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
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