Day 1: First Sunday of Advent
IS 2:1-5; ROM 13:11-14; MT 24:37-44
“So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
When we have a big event we are prepared to celebrate well. We want to make sure every necessary thing needs to get ready. When my youngest brother got married last October, my mother was worried to prepare well to make sure everything looks good.
Advent season is also the time for us to get ready to welcome the coming of Jesus. However, the coming of Jesus is no longer an event or a moment. It is a transformational lifestyle for us. God does not want us to prepare only a few days to celebrate “Christmas” like the worldly commercial event that focuses only on the appearance and gift exchange.
Jesus came over two thousand years ago in Bethlehem for the sake of loving our humanity. God loves us so much that God becomes human so that we might become divine. God wants to live in each person’s heart. God wants to share our hardship, fears, and joy.
Therefore, let us be prepared by welcoming God into our lives in order to free us from all sins, darkness of fears, and hopelessness. Let God be the center of our hearts and activities. Let’s use this time of Advent to reflect deeply on the love of God for us today.
Reflection question: If you had one wish for God to do for you to improve your life right now, what would that be?