Advent Week One - Cycle C
The first reading on the First Sunday of Advent is from the prophet Jeremiah and proclaims the promise of God.
The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land. In those days Judah shall be safe
and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.” Jeremiah 33:14-16
We will prepare for four weeks to celebrate the first coming of Jesus as a child, as one of us, in Bethlehem.
The Gospel (Luke 21:25-28, 34-36) speaks in dire terms of the end times which we refer to as the second coming of Jesus. “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
In the second reading from St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians (3:12-4:2), we are instructed to welcome Jesus into our lives in the here and now, conducting ourselves to please God. The Responsorial Psalm is a prayer for guidance as we seek deeper friendship with the Lord.
If we want to celebrate the first coming of Jesus and prepare for his second coming, then the way to do it is to be aware of his coming into every moment of every day. As we prepare, let us be more aware of and attentive to others.
The Scriptures for the first Sunday of Advent tell us that we should:
- Be ready! Be ready to meet the Lord whenever he calls us to himself, whether that is in the very near future or many years away. The important thing is: Stand erect and be prepared.
- Do not be afraid, do not worry. Fear, worry and anxiety do not solve any problems. Fear, worry and anxiety are about things which do not yet exist and most probably will never exist as we imagine them. Fr Anthony de Mello once wrote: “Why worry? If you worry, you will die; if you don’t worry, you will die. So why worry?”
- Improve our relations with the people around us. A good life consists not so much in the kind of work we do or how “successful” we are but how we have related with other people – with family, other relatives, friends, colleagues total strangers and especially the poor in our midst.