“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern.” – Mother Teresa: (1910 –1997: also known as Teresa of Calcutta, MC, was a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary)
Gospel Text: (LK 21:34-36)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
We begin the four weeks of Advent, When we are asked to put on patient waiting, To stay awake and be alert as we prepare To welcome the Christ Child in our midst.
Advent should challenge us to move out of our complacency, turn away from stubbornness and impatience and put ourselves in the hands of the one who promises to make all things good if we but trust.
Yes, be vigilant! That preparation for tomorrow will make for a more beautiful today.