Readings of the Day:
Today Marks the beginning of the Church calendar, the first day of Advent. It is a period to prepare earnestly for the coming of Christ, a time to heed to the call of invitation from the Lord of Lords. Isaiah prophesied the establishment of the Lord’s house as the highest mountain and the whole nations coming to dwell in the streams of the Lord, at that time, there would be no worries of nations rising against nation, he admonish us in the end to bend to God’s Judgment and approach his Light. God’s Kingdom is forever set above that of the World, its rays cannot be hid. In fact, The kingdom of God is here among us, we have Jesus in the Tabernacle, where he waits earnestly for us to approach his heart for the streams of life but we sometimes chose not to. He calls us in person to drop our Sword of Hatred, enmity and jealousy for his heart to touch our bruised state. We need to cooperate with him as he always invite us to come to him so that he can calm the raving sea in the world filled with oppression, atheism, secularism, indifference and corruption. We need him to teach us how to live in accordance to his ways and walk in his path. We need his glorious light to lead us heavenward.
As we do this, we should bear in mind what St. Paul reminded his readers; we should stay awake for the time of salvation is closer than we think, we should therefore get rid of any behavior that is unworthy of whom we follow, instead wear Christ in our lives. We should walk in every moment of our lives as if the day of the coming of Lord is here among us. How do we achieve this?, by staying constantly in God’s presence amidst the struggle of our Life.
The Gospel also paints the picture of the last day, when God comes to judge the living and the dead, people would be going about in their usual activities and it could be that very hour that he would show himself. Christ made reference to the time of Noah when nobody hearken to his voice but gave themselves to eating and drinking, and other sort that made them turn a deaf ear to the call of Noah. Same as in our time, Jesus calls us through his word, sacraments, priest and creation that we should clear our heart for him to come and dwell. Are we turning a deaf ear to this call, Are we.
Prepare! Prepare!! Prepare!!!, For the Son of Man would come in an hour we do not expect.
May God help us through Christ our Lord(Amen).