Theme: “Go and Proclaim with Hope”
1st Sunday of Advent – November 27, 2022
First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 122;1-2,3-4,8-9
Second Reading: Romans 13: 10-14
Gospel Reading: Matthew 24: 37-44
In today’s Sunday Mass Homily at Saint Michael Kalibo, Fr. Jun reminds us that the Season of Advent is our preparation for the Lord’s second coming.
How we prepare for Christmas reflects how we prepare for Christ. If we do not prepare, there is a tendency to get too caught up with the flurry of activities and forget that the main reason for the season is Jesus. So what are we preparing during Advent?
- We prepare for the coming of Christ as Savior of the world.
- We prepare for the coming of Christ as our personal Savior.
Part of this preparation is bringing the Gospel to our heart. 1 Peter 1:13 (NLT) says “So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.” We are to be active in anticipating the coming of Jesus. Not passive where we simply wait for Him.
There are two kinds of preparation: Physical (Material preparation) and the Spiritual Preparation.
We should always have hope, faith, joy and love in our hearts as part of our preparation. Advent is the preparing of our mind and heart to live with God forever. To live with Jesus, we have to learn to live Holy Lives. Holiness is not about being perfect. Holiness is about trying your best to become who God wants you to be.
After we prepare ourselves, we will now go to missions to share Jesus to others. Go into missions and spread His good news. He also reminded us to set our hope fully in Christ not just this Advent season, but in our daily lives as we prepare for Jesus’ second coming.
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