First Sunday of Advent
November 28, 2010
Isaiah 2: 1-5
Romans 13: 11-14
Matthew 24: 37-44
Today the Church invites us to begin our annual observance of the Holy Season of Advent. It is also the first Sunday of the new Liturgical Year.
The reason for Advent is to serve as a period of preparation for the Birthday of Christ. In our time, however, commercial interests and a deeply entrenched secularism have reconfigured these weeks into a continued series of shopping periods and festive celebrations of a Feast that has not yet come! As a result, many arrive at Christmas Day in a state of moral and physical exhaustion.
It is far better to heed the sound advice of the Church and to pay close attention to the Scripture Lessons chosen for both Sunday and Daily Mass during this Season of Advent.
These pages from Scripture introduce us to three special persons who will encourage us to live this holy season in a spirit of Prayer, Penance and Hope. Their names are all familiar to us: Isaiah the Prophet, Saint John the Baptist and Our Lady.
These are the authentic heralds and messengers of the Feast of Christmas. If we follow their example and advice, we will live these next few weeks in the way they are intended to be lived.