First Sunday of Advent
On this 1st Sunday of Advent we begin a new Liturgical year. Advent comes from the Latin word ADVENTUS, which means “waiting” for the coming of Jesus Christ. At Christmas time we are commemorating the first coming of Jesus into the world through His Incarnation. The second coming of Christ is what we are eagerly waiting for. Jesus does come into our lives every time we come to celebrate the Eucharist, through the Word of God and through the Holy Communion. We encounter him in one another in our community fellowship and in all those we meet daily.
Both today’s Gospel and the 1st reading speak about the end of the world. These Scripture passages sound scary. But Jesus reassures us with hope. Instead of being frightened, this is a reminder for us to be prepared at all times to face the Lord when he comes. The Church offers us yet another chance to prepare ourselves spiritually through this season of Advent.
Let us welcome Jesus into our hearts this Advent with Hope and expectation for a new world, where people will rise above their hatred, their greed and their brutality and follow the path of peace, love and forgiveness as taught by Jesus.
Happy Season of Advent!
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS