WAIT…Your Lord will come!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

November 27, 2022   

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

WORD of the DAY 

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.”

                                                 (Matthew 24:37-44)

How shall I live this Word?  

The Gospel reminds us of the existence of those who proceed with their heads down, absorbed only by material concerns, by selfishness, by self-interest, who cannot wait, distracted only by earthly concerns. There are also others who have higher expectations and concerns. For example, they see so many things that go wrong and would like to straighten them out but their horizons are still narrow, too earthly, and they traffic and commit themselves only from the top down. There are men and women who don’t question their eternal destiny, who don’t think about the final goal of their life. Still others are vigilant with many anxieties and wonder about the meaning of their own existence, and are unable to find an answer. Finally, there are those who live the expectation that the Gospel proposes, precisely in vigilance. Wake up, with your eyes wide open, as the Gospel says, keeping yourself ready without distractions. Be careful not to mistake the way of this waiting period in this strong season of Advent. With Christmas, in fact, we don’t celebrate children’s day, gifts or the birth of panettone but the coming of our Redeemer. We are called to live our Christian life in preparing ourselves and the world for the return of the Redeemer at the end of time. And what will we do in our littleness? We will try to be vigilant: in the family, in the community, in the school, at work, in the neighborhood, in the parish. Always ready to give the love received. A beautiful program for Advent and for the new liturgical year that we begin today with the whole Church.

“O God, our Father, arouse in us the will to meet your Christ who comes with our good works, so that He may call us to His side in glory to possess the kingdom of heaven.” (Collect of the day).

The Voice of L. M. Epicoco, Theologian

We are our expectations. This is what we must remember at the gates of Advent. The true judgment on our life is not given by our successes or failures, but by our expectations. Because they are what gives life to our days. Those who don’t expect don’t even want to live.

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