December 1, 2013: First Sunday of Advent
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, 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.” (Matthew 24:37-44)
People were caught unprepared when the flood came, even though many witnessed Noah building his boat.
Today we face the same decision, whether we will stay awake and alert for Christ’s symbolic coming into our lives at Christmas (and reminder that he is with us always).
During this Advent season, while you’re busy buying and wrapping presents for family and friends, do not forget the reason for the season – that we anxiously await the birth of Christ and a time for new beginnings, into 2014.
Do something special each Sunday of Advent, that brings you back to remembering God’s greatest gift to us – Christ.
He is a living example of love, mercy and justice in a hurting world and someone that we can walk with daily to do the same.