Today is the First Sunday of Advent and it always seems to sneak up on me. With Thanksgiving still in the rear view mirror, trying to clean up the to-do list before year end, and making final plans to visit the kids and grandkids for Christmas, it’s easy for me to get distracted and forget just what Advent is all about.
Advent is a season of hope. It’s a time to remember that we can find contentment without commercialism and social pressures, without the latest designer fashions or next spectacular video game. It’s a time to ask God to mold us into the person He wants us to be. A time to wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savoir – not just celebrating his first coming as an infant Savior 2000 years ago, but waiting and watching for Jesus to come again. Waiting with all the anticipation of a small child waiting for Santa. Watching so we don’t miss out on seeing God with our own eyes.
That’s the message from Jesus in today’s Gospel. His words are short and sweet – be vigilant, be watchful, be alert. For we do not know when God will come looking for us. Jesus isn’t trying to scare us. He just doesn’t want us to miss out on the biggest moment of our life – that joyous instant when we finally get to see God and have the peace of mind we have been searching for.
St Paul said in the second reading today – strengthen your hearts, be blameless in holiness, and conduct yourselves to please God. As we enter this Advent season, let’s take time to do these things in preparation for Christmas to receive our God. Let’s take time from our busy schedule to look for the ways God is acting in our life. Because if we are too busy to prepare ourselves – if we are too busy to spend time with God – then we ARE just too busy – and Advent becomes another Christian holiday tradition lost in the glitter and glamor of a commercialized Christmas season.
May you have a Blessed and joyful Advent preparing for the coming of our Lord.