Good morning my dear brothers and sisters. Today is the first Sunday of Advent. As we all prepare ourselves for the joy of the celebration of our dear Lord’s birth, let us keep in mind the gospel reading for today.
Jesus said to his disciples:
Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’
Advent is a time of watchfulness. Unfortunately, a lot of us are distracted by “noise.” This noise is ever-present in our daily lives but more so during this season. “Noise” is a dictatorship and a tool that Satan uses to keep us from God. Satan tries to drown us in material expectation and a false sense of happiness and cheer. The happiness derived from all of this is fleeting and can never fill our hearts with true joy.
As we enter the season of Advent, let us fight against the dictatorship of noise with the Strength of Silence. Let us quiet our hearts and minds as we stay on the lookout for Christ Jesus. Without silence, we cannot make spiritual progress. What better way to obtain silence in our lives than by beginning, ending and filling our whole day with prayer. The true joy of Christmas is the realization that God loves us so. He loves us so much that He gave us His only son, to suffer and die for us when we were not worthy. Let us be vigilant and watchful during this season and throughout the rest of the year. Let us unpack all of God’s spiritual gifts and charisms to help us counter the “noise.”
May you all have a blessed and quiet Advent season my dear brothers and sisters!
Prayers for everyone!