Keep Awake

Sunday’s Scripture – November 29, 2020

Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37

 

Reflection

Happy New Year!

Did you know that the Church Year begins, not on January 1st, but with the season of Advent? Advent is a season of preparation. Not only do we remember that first Christmas, when God came to us so unexpectedly as a helpless baby to a poor and lowly virgin. But we also prepare for Christ to come again, this time to set all things right and to fully establish God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

“Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory.” (Mark 13:27)

This week is the first Sunday of Advent, so it’s time to start preparing. Just as Mary prepared Him room in her physical body, so we prepare Him room in our hearts and in our world. Mary is the theotokos, the God-bearer. And God is again looking for those who are willing to be God’s vessels to a lost and broken world.

It’s no coincidence that Advent and Christmas are during the darkest and coldest seasons of nature. It’s into the seemingly most hopeless circumstances that our Savior comes. Will we sleep through it, spiritual speaking? Or will we dare to keep awake and to have hope amidst the darkness and the cold?

During Advent, the Church’s prayer is that of Isaiah 64 verse 1: “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down!” O come, o come, Immanuel, God with us!

And the call of Advent is that of Jesus’s words in Mark 13:33: “Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.”

So we wait. But we do not wait as those without hope.

We do not hope for the future, as in wishing upon an elusive star. No, we hope from the future. The end has already been decided. Good prevails. God wins. Not even the gates of hell prevail against the Church when it’s all said and done.

Church, that’s more than reason enough to hope.

Advent is upon us! Are there any dreamers out there? Let’s wake up from our sleepy winter slumber and dare to believe that Christ wants to come to us again. It’s time to Prepare Him Room.

 

Questions

  • Where are you feeling sleepy and weary? Ask God to wake you up and to renew your hope again.
  • Has God given you a dream? Is it time to hope in it again?
  • How will you prepare for Christ’s second coming this Advent season?

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