FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR A
1st December 2019
Isaiah 1: 1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24: 37-44.
Today the universal church begins a new liturgical year. The season of advent usher in the new year of the church. The readings reflect the freshness of the year. It tells us of the need to ‘stay awake’. Staying awake implies two things – vigilance and vision. Vigilance not to repeat the mistakes of the past and the vision of a better life with Jesus Christ. The second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans emphasises vigilance against the root causes of our failures in the past and a firm resolve to live against them. The day is here and the night is far gone. The gospel from the Evangelist Matthew directs us to live with a vision towards God. The mistakes of the past were due to lack of clarity in our vision. Our inability to cope with the inconsistencies of life blurred our vision.
The mistakes of the past year can be overcome and not repeated if we are conscious of ourselves as people journeying towards God. For the Christian life is a journey of faith. It is the realization that we have in our hands the opportunity to actualize ourselves in love with God. Life is for us a journey with God.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.