Sunday, November 28, 2010

First Sunday of Advent

Today is the first day of Advent. But what does that mean? Once site described it as this:

THE First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. The color of liturgical vestments is purple symbolizing the character of the season which is one of repentance and conversion. But unlike the season of Lent, Advent season emphasizes that we must repent for the coming of the Lord is near. The season of Advent is an opportune moment for us to prepare for the coming of Christ on Christmas and for His second coming. We must all eagerly anticipate this coming by making our hearts renewed and filled with love and goodness.

The readings in today’s liturgy urge all followers of Christ to be vigilant for we know not the time of the coming of the Lord. We must all be watchful so that when Christ comes, we will be ready to meet Him.

The First Reading reminds us that we can prepare for this by always being attentive to the word of God. By listening to God’s word, our hearts will be likened to His – a heart that has compassion and love for all. God’s heart knows no bounds and He welcomes all. We must be inclusive in our relationships and learn to acknowledge the goodness that is in other people’s hearts.

The Second Reading talks about giving up vices and exercising self-control as a way of preparing oneself for Christ’s coming. It means that if we are with Christ, we will do what is right and good and reject what is evil and untrue. It also means that we must live in the spirit of God and not in human desires. The Gospel’s message is very clear: Know what will happen when Christ comes and not focus on what the world dictates.

As we begin the season of Advent, let us focus on our internal preparations for Christmas and for the coming again of Jesus. Let us intensify our spiritual preparations lest we forget that the reason for the season is the Mystery of Incarnation of God’s Son. Let us not be distracted by the outward preparations for Christmas. May this Advent Season indeed make us ready to meet Jesus, our Lord.

Thank you for joining me in celebrating this Advent Season?

Peace and Joy,

1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIV©2010) Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.


Joyce said...

I love your header! And it's always good to remember what the season is all about!

Anonymous said...

Blessings to you this beautiful season Susan. That is the most beautiful header photo of the church. I can just imagine the sounds of a choir coming from there! Have a restful evening.

Lea said...

Oh, so good to be back in touch with you. I've missed connecting with you, but somehow I lost you. So glad I found you again.

What a beautiful entry to prepare our hearts for this Christmas season.

Blessings to you!