December 2, 2018
First Sunday of Advent - A Time of Waiting for Christ
Today is the New Year’s Day of the church, the First Sunday of Advent, which means patiently waiting for the coming of Christ with prayer and fasting. This is the Advent season; we are waiting for Christ to be born. The time to celebrate His birth is from Christmas day until Epiphany.
Now we are not waiting for His first coming as a child, but His second coming, which we heard in today’s Gospel. Jesus said in St. Luke’s Gospel, “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” (LK 21:34-36)
Jesus’ first coming was to save us through His life, death and resurrection. He gave us all directions to save our soul and enter the kingdom of God. His glorious second coming is to judge the living and dead, so we have to be prepared.
Keep away from all evil actions. To escape tribulations live a life of purity, prayer, charity and fasting. Our Lord will return at an unexpected time and many will not be prepared to go with Him. Let us keep from excessive drinking, partying, eating and shopping. “Jesus, help us to prepare spiritually for Your coming and to be with You eternally when you come Lord Jesus.”