Last Thursday (Nov 29) I submitted myself to the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation this is my way of preparing myself for the coming of Jesus. When we submit ourselves to this Sacraments we are reconciled with God, we are cleansed from our sins, we are freed from any guilt of conscience and we signify our humility and need for God’s mercy.
If there is an occasion in our house and we are expecting visitors, what we do is we thoroughly clean our house for it to be worthy in the eyes of our guests. However if we are not expecting anyone to visit us we are back to our normal complacent selves that’s why when there’s an unexpected guest we normally panic on how to arrange things for them.
The gospel talks about preparation for God’s coming, unfortunately on the first part of the Gospel the people during Noah’s time failed to prepare. They were so busy with worldly things until God’s judgment came and they were wiped out on the face of the earth. (Genesis 7:22) Only Noah and his companions survived because they were the select few worthy in God’s eyes.
The Gospel calls us to “Stay awake,” to be prepared so that if the Son of Man will come we are ready. How do we prepare for the birth of Jesus? Is it centered towards materials things (buying of gifts, decorating our house, thinking of our menu for Christmas and New Year) nothings wrong with that. However, God wants us also to undergo a much deeper and meaningful preparation for his forthcoming birth. It is a preparation bereft of worldly things.
For me, a worthy preparation for Advent is to submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation.
When was your last confession?