Gospel for December 1, 2013, Sunday

Posted at 12/01/2013 2:00 AM | Updated as of 12/04/2013 4:44 AM

1st Sunday of Advent

Psalter: Week 1

Ps 122:1–2, 3–4, 4–5, 6–7, 8–9
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

1st Reading: Is 2:1-5
The vision of Isaiah, son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In the last days, the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be set over the highest mountains and shall tower over the hills.
All the nations shall stream to it, saying, “Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths. For the Teaching comes from Zion, and from Jerusalem the word of Yahweh.
He will rule over the nations and settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not raise sword against nation; they will train for war no more.
O nation of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!”

2nd Reading: Rom 13:11–14
You know what hour it is. This is the time to awake, for our salvation is now nearer than when we first believed; the night is almost over and day is at hand. Let us discard, therefore, everything that belongs to darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. As we live in the full light of day, let us behave with decency; no banquets with drunkenness, no promiscuity or licentiousness, no fighting or jealousy. Put on, rather, the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not be led by the will of the flesh nor follow its desires.

Gospel: Mt 24:37–44
At the coming of the Son of Man it will be just as it was in the time of Noah. In those days before the Flood, people were eating and drinking, and marrying, until the day when Noah went into the ark. Yet they did not know what would happen until the flood came and swept them away. So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. Of two men in the field, one will be taken and the other left. Of two women grinding wheat together at the mill, one will be taken and the other left.
Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Just think about this: if the owner of the house knew that the thief would come by night around a certain hour, he would stay awake to prevent his house to be broken into. So be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect.

Reflection:
Read: Isaiah’s vision shows all nations and peoples flocking to the mountain of the Lord desirous of listening to his teaching and walking in his ways. There shall be no more violence and enmity between peoples, but all shall know the peace of the Lord. Paul invites us to be awake, wear the armor of light, put on Jesus Christ, and walk in the way of the Spirit. Jesus instructs us to stay alert and be prepared, as the day of the Son of Man will come at the hour least expected.
Reflect: A new liturgical year begins. The season of Advent is here. The theme of preparedness welcomes us. We prepare for two kinds of coming—the final coming of the Cosmic Christ, and the personal coming of Christ into our individual hearts. Isaiah speaks about the eagerness of the people as they stream towards the mountain of the Lord to be taught by God. The best preparation for the coming of Christ, personal and cosmic, is to be taught by him. He has already been teaching us through Scripture. How open am I to be taught by God? Am I prepared enough for the coming of Christ through my familiarity with and obedience to the Word of God?
Pray: Pray for the gift of teachability and preparedness.
Listen: The Lord wants to teach you. Listen to him attentively.
Act: Draw up an action plan for the next 24 days, identifying specific tasks for each day in preparation for Christmas.


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