First Sunday of Advent

The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new year in the Church’s liturgical life. Advent is a season of preparation. We prepare our homes to celebrate the feast of Christmas and we prepare spiritually to greet Christ when he comes again. A time to prepare ourselves for God to break into our hearts and lives once again, starting us on a new chapter, a more meaningful and more faithful chapter. It is a golden opportunity to make a new start in our personal spiritual journey, through the choices we make during this new Church year.

In today’s gospel from Luke, Jesus reminds us how easy it is to get lost in the busy activities of December. He warns us: Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. Without prayer and embracing intentional stillness in the season of Advent it is so easy to feel as if the weeks before Christmas are racing by at a breathless pace.

This Advent season, we pray for the strength to listen to those we do not want to hear, to reorder our priorities to allow ourselves to be present to those who need some attention, to focus on serving another rather than simply ticking one more item off our to-do list, to act for justice in our community and in our world.

By:  Deacon Romeo Ganibe