Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

My reflection for 1st Sunday of Advent Matthew 24:37-44 (Dec.2, 07)

Matthew 24:37-44

"For as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."


My reflection:

The first Sunday of Advent ushers a new year in the in the church’s Liturgical calendar. Advent means “Coming” and this is the time wherein all Catholics prepare for the Birth of our savior Jesus.

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?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Marino,
Thank you for sharing this with us.

Since we have kids, we really try to get them to focus on the real reason of the season. We set up an advent display on our table with the advent candles. I use the cake plate we got as a wedding present (and never use otherwise) so that the display doesn't get lost in the table settings and homework. We put the traditional colored candles on it and put a very small nativity set in the middle of them. Each night at dinner, we say special prayers and share something from the heart--a hope, a thing we're grateful for, a sincere compliment for one another etc. and light the candles.

I suspect that this year will make a larger impact on our son as he is preparing for his first communion this year. This coming Wednesday, he'll make his first reconciliation. I am so excited for him as he grows in our faith. Ah, to know the joy of God's forgiveness is such a gift for us.

May we all know more of God's peace and joy as we prepare for the coming of our Lord.

Ileana