1st Sunday of Advent 2017 – Not of the World

We not only prepare ourselves to celebrate Christmas day, we also check to see if we are doing all the things that will keep us ready to receive Jesus when he comes again. How do we live the reality of our God coming into our world and to wait out our time? What does the world tell us about waiting compared to what Jesus says about waiting?

Waiting for God is the posture of Christian discipline. The concrete meaning for us is that we must not allow ourselves to be put to sleep spiritually, hypnotized by the constant frenetic messages of empty promises of this world: our seeking prosperity of our own sakes, finding consolation in our individualism and self-dependence of our past and present glories.

We keep in touch with those around us each day doing our best to live lives of love, of compassion, of forgiveness, of honesty and integrity. Yesterday there may have been inadequacies and failures but today Christ renews his call: “Follow me. I have chosen you.” Each new morning is the opportunity to start again.

We keep in touch with our God through lives of prayer and the simplest and deepest prayer is to be aware of the active presence of Jesus permeating through the ordinary moments of our day: “O Lord, help me to recognize you and respond to you in love through every person and every experience of this day.”

Jesus comes to each and every day into our lives. Let us not to be so busy looking at the Christmas event that we fail to be aware of his presence here and now. This awareness should go on day in and day out; it is so easy to take it all for granted. Today, count your blessings. They are all the sign of Jesus living and active among us, of Jesus coming into our life: “He will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 1:8)

Do we learn to anticipate by noticing the signs of the living and action of Jesus Chris in our everyday life?

Blessed Christmas! http://www.one.org.sg

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