During Advent it is good to spend some quiet time reading the Scriptures and listening to what the Lord is telling us. In the Gospel for this first Sunday of Advent Christ urges his disciples to \”stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.\” (Matthew 24:42) He refers to the people in Noah\’s time, who were totally unconcerned until the flood came and destroyed them (Matt. 24:39). The Lord, in His mercy, warns the people to listen to Him, and continues to do so through His word.
In today\’s first reading at Mass, Paul exhorts the Romans (and us): \”It is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed…Let us live honorably as in daylight…let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.\” (Romans 13:11, 14) Paul tells us how to \”live honorably\” in the verses which proceed today\’s reading: \”Owe no debt to anyone except the debt that binds us to love one another…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.\” (Romans 13:8, 10)
Holy Mary, our Lady of Advent, pray for us as we begin this holy season of Advent in preparation and in anticipation of the birth of Christ, your Son, anew in our hearts and in our world.