December 1, 2019

First Sunday of Advent

There is hardly a hint of Christmas in today’s scripture readings. The Word of God places us in the darkness of the world. The prophet Isaiah opens with the image of a vast stream of humanity coming to the house of the Lord. We now experience in our time the displacement of untold numbers of people driven from the security of their homes and countries. When will the time come to turn from weapons of mass destruction and hostility to live in the light of the Lord?

Paul tells us the day is at hand to throw off the works of darkness. The evidence of the moral decay of our nation is daily seen on social media: drunkenness, sexual excess, rivalry, and jealousy. We are told that salvation is near, the day draws near in this time of advent to put on the armor of light, and be clothed in the Lord, Jesus Christ. We are to stay awake and protect our homes from being broken into.

The liturgy of Advent is not a preparation for a holiday. The voice of the prophet is not about times past. Christmas is not a birthday party. The world must be awakened from its slumber. Our hope is for a new day to dawn. The Christ event heralds the rebirth of humanity as divinity continues to dispel the forces of evil. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it (Jn 1:4).

Do more this advent than light some candles. Become a flame with the light of Christ shining through you. Prepare for Christmas with less time in stores and more time in prayer. Take time to connect with people in darkness and shine your light on them with a visit or call.

Let us pray:

The light of Christ has come into the world.
We must all be born again to see the kingdom of God.
The water and the Spirit bring new life in God’s love.

(Text from Donald Fishel, ILP music.)


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


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