Advent calls us to wake up, to arise from our sleep. To shake off the dust of routine, habit, custom… and to prepare to let Christ come alive in our lives.

Sunday will be the first Sunday of Advent. It marks the beginning of our preparation for Christmas. The readings of the day urge us to wake up, get ready and make a new start.

Today we reflect on this challenge of being prepared to let Jesus come into our lives. Before the birth of Jesus the people were waiting for a Messiah, someone promised by God to be the Saviour of the people; someone to rescue them from all that was wrong in their lives. This promise was all that kept them going. It can keep us going too, but we must be ready!

Matt. 24: 42-44

Stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into.

So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Lord God, creator of all that lives, give us we ask You, joy in the gift of life. May each one of us be grateful for our lives, and show this in our tolerance of others and our willingness to be of service to Your people just as Mary was, in bringing Jesus Your son into the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Father, help each one of us to prepare well for this coming Christmas. To think beyond the things that we look forward to for ourselves, to include the wishes and needs of others. Help us to grow in appreciation of the true meaning of Christmas; to both receive and share Your love, revealed in Jesus. Amen