The First Sunday of Advent
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples:
"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.
"Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man."
Our Lord points out that when people realize that the Lord is returning some will die of fright and he gives a warning; "beware". The people who are frightened may be those who do not heed His warning.
As we begin the season of Advent; that time we prepare for the birth of Our Savior, may we remember what this season is about, it is about the birth of the Savior of the World. It is about our salvation, about God loving us enough to take on our human flesh, to come as a child, as one of us to save us. Many get caught up in the stress of buying gifts and spending money they don't have on things that we don't really need. This season is about recognizing and being thankful for all the blessings in our lives, especially those of family. May this first Sunday of Advent remind us to be a little more patient to those around us, a little more loving to family and friends, and a little more present to those with whom we live. Talk about a Christmas present! Fr. Jordan Turano, OP - Chaplain - Molloy College
Saint of the Day: Saint Clement
Clement of Rome was the third successor of St. Peter, reigning as pope during the last decade of the first century. He's known as one of the Church's five "Apostolic Fathers," those who provided a direct link between the Apostles and later generations of Church Fathers.
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