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<< Sunday, November 29, 1998 >> First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14

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Psalm 122
Matthew 24:37-44

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"It is now the hour for you to wake from sleep, for our salvation is closer than when we first accepted the faith." —Romans 13:11

Happy Advent! Happy new year! Today is the first day of the Church's new year, the year of God the Father.

The word "advent" means "coming." The coming, that is, Advent "of the Son of Man will repeat what happened in Noah's time" (Mt 24:37). Most people were "totally unconcerned" before the flood and before Jesus' coming in the Incarnation (Mt 24:39). Most people may also be unprepared before Jesus' final coming and His coming this Christmas. We need the Advent season so that we will not fall into the typical pattern of missing Jesus' comings.

Advent is essential. Advent is like a pregnancy. Without pregnancy, there is no possibility for birth. Without Advent, we don't have Christmas. Of course, we will observe the holiday, but we won't have the holy day of Christmas unless we let the Lord give us the spiritual pregnancy of Advent.

Christmas should not be merely a memory or an amusement. Christmas is Christ's coming to us in a new way — really and not symbolically. However, we "cannot know the day" our "Lord is coming" (Mt 24:42). It's unlikely the Lord will come on December 25 or January 6, for He comes "at the time you least expect" (Mt 24:44). However, "as certain as the dawn is His coming" (Hos 6:3). "But who will endure the day of His coming?" (Mal 3:2) "Stay awake, therefore!" (Mt 24:42) Make this Advent the best ever leading to the greatest Christmas season of your life. Happy Advent!

Prayer: Father, may You get what You want for Christmas.
Promise: "In days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it." —Is 2:2
Praise: Praise You, Lord Jesus, risen and victorious. Come, Emmanuel! Maranatha!
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, April 4, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 8, 1998
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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