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First Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5. Psalm 122:1-9.
Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:37-44.

We begin a new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent, Year A in which the gospel readings will mostly be taken from Matthew. With the First Sunday of Advent, we also begin our immediate preparation for Christ’s coming. There are two reflections in the Church’s preparation for Christ’s coming at Christmas. The first is, of course, when we reflect on the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, but this meditation is left for later in Advent, closer to Christmas day. We begin Advent by meditating, not on Christ’s first coming at his birth, but with Christ’s second coming at the end of time. And what we are we told?
Stay awake! the gospel says. It is the hour now for you to awake from your sleep. St. Paul instructs. We are told to be prepared for Christ’s coming. It is an old saying, Christians are not to know when Christ is returning. Christians are to be ready whenever.
How do we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ? I think of Simeon, the old man in Luke’s gospel, and Anna, the old woman in the same story, who waited day after day for the coming of the Messiah to the temple. They were promised that they would see the Messiah before their deaths. How long did they stay in the temple? How many days, day after day, did they return with hope that this would be the day? How did they know, after all that time, all those days of waiting, of seeing family after family enter the temple, that this Holy Family was the one? How many children had they seen enter the temple, and how did they recognize this infant, the son of a poor carpenter and a young woman?
I think they had grown accustom to the presence of the Lord. They knew what it felt like to be near God. After years of faithful prayer, they just knew that it was this child, this family, for whom they had been waiting, because God’s presence surrounded them like an old, familiar warmth. When Christ comes, will we recognize him? Will he be that old, familiar presence that we have learned to recognize through faithful daily prayer and attendance at Mass? Or will we miss it, not even recognizing the extraordinary moment of his appearance? It is time for us to shake of the complacency of daily life, and renew ourselves in the presence of God. Let us not be taken unaware.

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