Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lessons from the Advent: Stay awake, be prepared

Today marks the Advent, or the time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

From the Latin adventus, the Advent season is about waiting for the coming of Christ from three perspectives: As mentioned, the celebration of Nativity of Jesus at Christmas; in our hearts on a daily basis; and in the glory of time.

In his homily, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said Advent is about preparation; to know Lord Jesus Christ more.

But it is not enough that we know Him on a conceptual level. During this season, we must also transform internally.

We must also stay awake by being attuned to the signs of the times, especially the signals of Jesus' presence, the Cardinal said.

Let us also evaluate our quality of preparedness, the Cardinal said. "How focus am I on the Lord's words, presence, and [my] actions?"

Advent is also about fresh beginnings, as Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD noted.

"Let us pray today for the grace to live meaningful, beautiful lives. May we live lives spent for a mission for something or Someone greater than ourselves. May we not live empty and meaningless lives filled with selfishness, pleasure, and pride," Fr.  Orbos wrote.

Advent or not, it is important that we keep our focus; to feel the presence; to stay attuned to the signs the Lord Jesus Christ are revealing to us.

Advent or not, let us always strive to live a meaningful life.

Advent or not, let us always be spiritually --- as we do not know how long or short are we going to live or when is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thus, let us live a life of purpose.

Have a blessed week ahead.
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