Year A – First Sunday of Advent – December 1, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Romans 13:11-14; cf. Psalm 85:8; Matthew 24:37-44

Having something to look forward to brings hope into our lives.  Having something good coming in our future helps us to move through difficult times and to bear suffering more peacefully.  Advent begins by holding up what believers have to look forward to at the end of time, and at the end of one’s own time on earth.  The prophet Isaiah expresses it as people gathering on God’s holy mountain to be instructed by God and to live in peace.

In the second reading, Paul instructs us that “our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” so we should “conduct ourselves properly as in the day.”

In the Gospel, Jesus also calls us to live in a way expectant of the Second Coming of the Son of Man.  He warns that it will come “at an hour you do not expect.”  This notion brings fear to some, but for those who conduct themselves properly and live as God has commanded, the Second Coming brings something to look forward to with great hope, life in peace with God for eternity.

Do you live trusting that something; rather, Someone good is coming?  If you are fearful, take this time of Advent to reflect on how you can change your outlook to a feeling of hope and anticipation for the Second Coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, for none of us know when he will return, and none of us know when our time on earth will come to an end.  Let us all come into the right relationship with Him so that we may trust in His coming peace.

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