1st Sunday of Advent
Our Mother, the Catholic Church, in whom we have been baptised, invites us to start this new liturgical year by hearing this Gospel:
“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to keep watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning; lest coming suddenly he finds you sleeping. And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”(Mk 13:33-37)
Is it not important for us to hear Jesus using the word “watch” three times?! It is indeed very prudent to remain in a state of grace every day before we appear before God at our final judgement. Advent is not just about preparing for the historical first coming of Jesus but also his final coming in glory!
The second word, “pray” is the meaning of being really prudent! It is very imprudent not to pray every day. It is very imprudent to live for ourselves only and not for God who calls us to adore Him and to love Him as our heavenly Father and Creator.
Advent season may mean lots of shopping, planning of holidays etc.. Yet, for us who are disciples of Jesus Christ and understand the real meaning of Advent, should we not meditate on how the Blessed Virgin Mary prepared herself for Christmas? Was she agitated or was she adoring Jesus inside her womb?
The only Christmas present she expected with great joy was Jesus given by God the Father, the Savior of the world. Thus, “watch and pray” and let us love and forgive one another before it is too late.