First Sunday of Advent
Who enjoys sleeping? I love to sleep; at times, it the best thing I do! Who enjoys a good nap? A nap is a blessing from God! I want to call our attention to what I see as an Advent moment, and that is the moment that we decide, “Am I going to wake up now or I am going to keep sleeping?” Advent is about waking up to the darkness in our lives, and this moment of each day is an Advent moment.
Now, if we do not wake up we have another Advent blessing, and that is our alarm clock. Our alarm clock screams at us, “Wake up! Wake up!” Maybe this Advent we should hear our alarm clocks as an Advent blessing? Our readings call us to wake up and to pay attention to the light of Christ in our life.
St. Paul, in our second reading, says, “Awake from your sleep, for our salvation is near, and put on the armor of light?” We all need an “armor of light.” Mine “armor” is my clerics, and I wear them to remind myself who I am in Christ.
In our Gospel, Jesus says, “Stay awake! For you do not know when the thief will come and steal away your processions.” It is in the dark that a thief has a greater chance of stealing something from us.
Our Season of Advent is not for the faint of heart because Advent begins in the dark, and we have to decide, “Am, I going to wake from the dark to the light?” Advent challenges us to look at our lives and see all the darkness, all the things that challenge us and say to the darkness, “I believe there is a light that will that will overcome this darkness.” The candle we have lit on our Advent Wreath shall be our reminder to stay awake and to look for the light of Christ in our darkness.