1st Sunday of Advent Year A, December 1, 2019-“Be on your guard”

The word Advent is translated from the latin “Adventus“ which itself was translated from the Greek “Parousia” meaning – showing forth, appearing or coming forth.
As a season of the Church, Advent has a double meaning. First it is a period when the Church re-lives the promise made by God to the people of the Old through the prophet Isaiah (Is 7:14; 9:7) Micah (Mic 5:2) and Malachi (Mal 3:1) about the coming of the Messiah in the flesh (the mystery of the incarnation) which was confirmed by the synoptic Gospels (Matthew Mark and Luke) who narrated the story of his birth. The second meaning of Advent is that it is a period when the Church expects the final and definitive revelation of Christ in glory; known as the mystery of the Parousia or second coming of Christ. In all these, the underlying message is “Preparation.”
However, Advent can be likened to a desert experience. In the desert, the atmosphere is invariably dry and the soil evaporates water more than it receives thereby impeding productivity. The life of man remains absolutely dry without the presence of God. He undergoes a spiritual longing for the Lord in order to survive the aride experience and to musturize his dying soul. Hence, it requires a deep seated spiritual journey and preparation. This Lord we are expecting will not come into our lives if we have a “half done” preparation. We have to leave the door of our heart open because our heart has only one handle located inside. Jesus cannot possibly open it. He will do the knocking while we do the opening. For the scripture says, “Behold I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share a meal at his side” (Revelation 3:20).

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Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.