First Sunday of Advent
Theme: “Hope in Christ; Deeply Rooted In His Word”
Homily by Fr. Andy Ilustre
First Reading: Jeremiah 33: 14-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25: 1-2, 12-13, 21-22
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13
Gospel: Luke 21: 25-36
Advent is the beginning of the Church Year. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day.
The word ‘advent’ means “coming” or “arrival”. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in His first advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.
Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and longing. The Lord’s coming symbolizes the fulfillment of His promises.
Our gospel in Luke 21:25-36 taught us two things to remember this season, the first thing is that whenever we are in the midst of trouble, look in expectation for the Lord’s help. In verse 25-28, there’s a lot of events that caused anxiety among the people. Those events will cause hopelessness in their hearts. When we see such things, we should look up in faith that these are simply opportunities for God to prove His faithfulness in bringing forth our salvation.
The second one is that instead of being discouraged by troubled times, we should wait expectantly in hope in the faithfulness of God. This is not the time to be anxious, but the time to rejoice.
Sis. Sally Illustre
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