First Sunday of Advent
Reading 1: Isaiah 63: 16-17, 19; 64: 2-7
Psalm: Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Reading 2: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9
Gospel: Mark 13: 33-37
In the beginning of the Gospel, Jesus said to his disciples, “Be watchful, Be Alert. You do not know when the time will come.”
Jesus compares his journey to a man travelling abroad leaving everything to his servants to take care of and to watch over while he is gone. He left the responsibility of guarding the house to the disciples and to be ready to open the door when he returns.
In the same way He also compares us to servants waiting for our master’s return for we do not know exactly when it will happen. Our call is not only to believe but to watch. To watch simply means to impel us to live a kind of life that whenever Jesus returns, we will be found ready and waiting. Vigilance is above all, LOVE. A person who loves keeps the commandments and looks forward to Christ’s return, for life is a period of hope and waiting.
To be watchful for the coming of Christ is to be more aware of His presence in our life through our daily experiences. We believe that Christ is Emmanuel, “God is with us.”
“God is with us”! Therefore, I hope that during this advent season we can be more attuned to His presence through our daily prayer, fasting, reading scriptures, celebrating the sacraments of the Eucharist, Reconciliation, moments of reflection, doing act of charity and penance.
Lord, I beg the grace to be more aware of your presence in my life. Awaken my heart and mind to be always prepared for your coming.
MS. JUDITH JOY V. TUGADE