1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Today we begin the season of Advent. It is a time in which we are invited to prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ in the past, present and future:
- We get ready for Christmas, where we celebrate Jesus’ coming in the past;
- We also welcome Jesus’ coming in our lives presently, as we go through it day by day;
- We look forward towards His coming again in the future.
I believe there are enough reminders around us to celebrate Jesus’ birth 2000 years ago – Christmas lights, trees and decorations being put up, gatherings being organised and invitations sent out, turkeys bought and stored in freezers, etc. As for the future and speaking of his ‘second coming’, I have to admit that I find the concept a bit abstract and the timeline vague, and I never quite know how I can truly prepare for that.
I feel drawn instead by the invitation of welcoming Jesus into our lives in the ‘present’ moment. St. Paul expresses his desire: “May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race…” (1 Thes 3: 12) I can identify with his wish… sometimes when I see how much hatred and brokenness there are around, I feel like screaming in frustration, “Why can’t people use their time and energy to LOVE instead of hurting each other?!?” … I suppose like the old saying goes, it begins with me…
Perhaps we can add “Love one another” to our ‘to-do-list’ every day during this season of Advent, and so welcome Jesus in our lives in this way?
Have a blessed week ahead! Sr. Devy