Let the Adventus Begin – Good News for November 30

30 11 2008

Mark 13: 33-37

Jesus said to his disciples, “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.

Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’” 

The Daily Path: Today is Advent Sunday. It signals the beginning of Advent season and the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin words adventus, meaning “coming” or advenioto come to.” If you read about Advent you’ll see some common terms used to describe this period such as: expectant, waiting, preparation. 

I still have some wonderful childhood memories of Advent. The traditions of the Advent wreath, lighting the Advent candles, and perhaps my favorite… the Advent calendar! These all contributed to the excitement in the weeks before Christmas. I’m certain there is much I don’t recall about the fifty Advent seasons I’ve experienced in my life. However, during the next four weeks I plan to tap into what Advent memories I retain in the hope they will renew that same joyful spirit I once had in preparing for the coming of our Lord. 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to “Watch!” Do you remember that group of shepherds who were on watch duty in the hills surrounding Bethlehem? What they saw was nothing less than spectacular… the coming of Jesus!

Perhaps over the next four weeks you will join me on this hill to keep watch.