Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Advent 1 – HOPE
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Matthew 24: 36 - 44

The Collect: Almighty God, give (me) grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light.

The lazy days of Summer are over, and Autumn is now here.  We read the signs, feel the change, and
see that the days are getting shorter.  There seems to be an urgency.  Advent is here, and the beginning of a new Christian New Year. This is a season of Hope, of Love, of Joy, and of Peace.

In Matthew 24:43 we are asked to “Keep awake for you do not know on what day your Lord in coming” or in the Letter to the Romans “Now is the moment for you to wake from sleep for salvation is near, the day is near.” (Romans 13:11-14) or in Isaiah, “teach us his ways that we may walk in his paths...come let us walk in the light of the Lord.”(Isaiah 2: 1-5)

Year after year we are given this invitation.  Isn’t it wonderful that we are gifted with more than one chance to see, feel, hear, smell, and yes, taste Christ in our lives anew.  This gives me Hope.  Ask yourself “How is Christ being born anew in my life in each and every moment?”  For me this is not a one time event that happened over 2000 years ago or at my Baptism or Confirmation. It is happening at every moment if only I am awake, slow down, become aware and live each moment with intention.  I am asked to savour the moment! But I am also asked to respond in Love, with Joy and in Peace, that I may learn from Christ’s ways, that I may walk in Christ’s paths and to walk in the light of the Lord.

From the dust we were created and from dust we will return, but we also have the promise of eternal life through the birth of Christ anew in my Life...Alleluia - what HOPE.  Dear Lord, help me keep ever watchful, ready.

- Sr. Dorothy Handrigan, SSJD

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