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First Sunday of Advent
Dec 11, 2018 | Advent, Gospel, Jesus Christ, O Antiphons, prayer, reflections, Sacraments, Scripture, spiritual life
1st Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Resp.: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (1b)
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
The Advent season has two parts. From the beginning of Advent until December 16, we are concerned with the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world—the final or general judgement. During the second half we are reminded of the meaning of Christmas Day and the O Antiphons. The sacrament that is associated with Advent is Baptism - new life in Christ at the beginning of the new liturgical year. This may seem strange. One might think that Baptism would be more associated with Easter but that season has to do with the fullness of membership in the Catholic Church - the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.
In the Gospel Jesus has to warn us about becoming complacent. It is easy for us to become caught up in our own worlds and concerns and to forget about what is most important. We are here to know and love God and to help ourselves and others get to Heaven. In other words, heed the Commandments and do the Will of God by receiving the Sacraments worthily and taking time out to be with God in prayer. To those who don't prepare he comes like a thief in the night. To those of us who do prepare it will go well with us.
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD