Posted by: frburke23 | November 26, 2016

Thought for 1st Sunday of Advent

Thought for 1st Sunday of Advent
MATTHEW 24:37-44
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
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“Stay awake!” Jesus is going to come for us like a thief in the night, “for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
 
Am I ready if Jesus were to come for me today?
What do I need to change in my life?
 
As we begin the Church new year this advent it is time for us to think about the coming of Jesus. How should I prepare?
 
Have you ever waited anxiously for someone? What do you do to get ready for their arrival? We clean the house, make a great meal and take care of every detail in our home to make them feel welcome and make their stay comfortable.
 
Do we do the same thing for Jesus in our hearts? Have I cleaned my soul by going to confession? Jesus has prepared a banquet for us. He wants to abide in our hearts through prayer and the Eucharist. Do I attend Mass as often as possible? Do I pray regularly so that the Holy Spirit is alive in my heart?
 
There are two types of waiting – one of fear and one of hopeful anticipation. Have you ever done something wrong as a child and mom said, “What until your dad gets home?” This fear motivates us to change our ways. However, living in this fear can be paralyzing. We do not have freedom in the way that we live.
 
Hopeful anticipation looks completely different. We do not want to live our lives in fear of God. We want to live the present moment in freedom, unafraid of the Lord’s coming because we are prepared. We want to live in anxious anticipation for the coming of Jesus. This type of waiting gives us a peace and a joy beyond our understanding.
 
In four short weeks we will celebrate Christmas. Let us spend this Advent in anxious anticipation of the coming of the Christ child. Slow down this Advent and focus on what is most important – my inner house and its preparation.
 
Am I waiting in fear of Christ’s coming?
Do I anxiously await the Lord’s coming?
How am I preparing my heart to meet Jesus?
 
Have a blessed Advent!
Fr. Burke

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