Just at the end of last week, we conducted our end of year Masses for Years 8 and 9. Before the commencement of each Mass, I explained to the students that we are about to enter the liturgical season of Advent- the season of preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ our Saviour. I spoke of the words that we associate with Advent- Waiting, coming, joy, hope and peace. And I asked students to think about how they can be messengers or bearers of these words in their own context as we journey towards Christmas and then beyond. The symbolism of lighting the Christ candle (the white candle) on the Advent wreath reminds us of his enduring presence with us, and we are called to walk in the light of Christ.
Advent sees us on a journey. The journey we share with the universal Church and the personal journey that each one of us undertakes that brings the true meaning of Advent and Christmas fully alive in our own hearts.
The pending message for the first week of Advent is loud and clear. Depending of the Church’s Liturgical cycle of Scripture readings, there is no mistaking what we are meant to hear.
“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42 (Year A)
“Be watchful! Be alert!” Mark 13:33a (Year B)
“Be vigilant at all times and pray.” Luke 21:36a (Year C)
Advent begins with a call to vigilance as reflected in the passages above. There are numerous Scripture passages that call us to this vigilance and anticipation of the Jesus’ coming, and these are only a few. Being vigilant means, also, that we are prepared and that we are not caught off guard. As I explained to our students, sometimes we often are not prepared to celebrate the birth of Christ within our hearts simply because the demands of other things at this busy time of the year captures our time and attention.
The first week of Advent also offers the focus of the Second Coming of Christ. Jesus will return again, in all splendour and glory, to judge the living and the dead. We profess that fact every Sunday in our Creed. So, even though Advent is a time for the preparation of the celebration of the first coming of Jesus in the flesh, it is also a time to acknowledge that His first coming is ultimately fulfilled in His final glorious coming.
As Advent begins, we are called to reflect upon how ready we are for Jesus’ coming.
Lord, as Advent begins, help me to put my eyes on You. Help me to open my ears to Your voice. And help me to open my heart to Your glorious presence. May I be attentive to You in every way You desire to come to me. Jesus, I trust in You.
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