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First Sunday of Advent
Dec 06, 2019
|Image by Melanie Kirk-Mechtel from Pixabay|
1st Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Resp. Psalm Psalm 122:1-9
2nd Reading: Romans 13:11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44
Happy New Year!
Today begins a new liturgical year. Our Church begins the new year differently from the rest of the world on purpose to show us that God's "time" is different than that of the world. I put time in quotes because God lives in eternity where there is no time. This means that we need to live differently than the rest of the world: kinder, holier.
This Gospel is misunderstood by many. The ones who are taken are not the ones who are holy. It is the opposite. The key to understanding this is the beginning of the Gospel. In Noah's time the good stayed on the earth — Noah's family. (God created the world good.) The others who were sinning were taken. Jesus mentioned that people were going about their business. And — that their end came suddenly.
God does not want us to be caught off guard so He warns us. Someone who warns before executing judgement is compassionate. He wants us to be ready, which is the theme of Advent: being prepared so Jesus can be born in our hearts again. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD