November 27, 2016: First Reading: Isaiah2: 1 – 5
Second Reading: Romans 13: 11 – 14
Gospel: Matthew: 24: 37 – 44
It would be quite dramatic if this Sunday’s second reading were accompanied by the blare of trumpets, the roll of drums, and streaks of lightning and thunder in the sky. That would surely wake us up from sleep!
Advent does have the power to awaken us to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit that turned the Blessed Virgin’s life upside down, is the same Spirit that calls us to be surprised that “our salvation is nearer” to us than we realize. Each Advent we are moved to emerge from the dark night of sin and approach with hope the coming of the Light of Dawn. We are challenged to toss aside our self absorbed way of life, and hold fast to the Gospel mandate – love and care for one another. We are further prompted to stand in that Light and really see the needy, the suffering, the poor, the sick, and the goodness, the hopes, and the desires within their hearts.
In short we will wake up to the presence of Jesus within them. And, at some God Graced moment , we will hear the trumpets, drums, thunder, and the lightning will reveal to us the presence of Jesus within us.
And together, all God’s people will witness once again the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Have a happy and blessed Advent!