Sunday, December 1, 2013
1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A
In verse 42 of this Sunday Gospel, Jesus warns us: "Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come."
Yes, "...stay awake!" Remember, that the way to heaven is one that we have to walk, hand in hand with the Savior Himself. It is the one way to stay awake and ready to respond to His incessant infusion of Grace into out hearts and souls.
It is only when we are awake that we can spread the Word, feed the orphans, care for the sick, support the widows, transport the invalids, clean the houses of our old shut-ins, carry communion to the faithful who crave it, etc.
So it is not enough to stay awake, but while awake, we have to obey the direction of God..."Do something!" We will be reminded again by Matthew that those who do nothing will not get to heaven.
Yes, my fellow Christians, this is going to be a challenging year with the Gospel of Jesus Christ being drummed into us by our friend Matthew. Remember, it's not just symbolic, it is real. Do it.