Gospel Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year B – November 30th 2014
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.
It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake.
So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn;
If he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep.
And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’
I like these words of the late Cardinal Hume: “There are times when I can visualise Our Lord at the break of day standing by my bed and saying: “Get up, follow me.” Whether I am conscious of it or not, in effect that invitation, that loving but insistent command, is given to me every day. Each new morning is the opportunity to start again. Yesterday there may have been inadequacies and failures but today Christ renews his call: “Follow me. I have chosen you. I need you.” Who can fail to respond to the thought that God needs our willing collaboration.”
Carers of creation
We are carers of creation and of his people. Take this seriously, it is our world. God has made himself so vulnerable and this gospel is just before the passion. This area can be no better unless we do something. It has got better. We look at areas which are now clean of drugs, more prosperous and just. We may have our problems, but that has been the work of people co-creating the world with God. Making it a better place. Doing the world a world of good.
Doing the world a world of good
Gospel today says –
Don’t give up – God is always near! Live in hope and preparation.
Stay awake to the season – the ways we can deepen and grow a bit of faith — a retreat, do something good for others with your time or finance, notice God in the events of the next few weeks, pray a bit every day, make time to be awakened to the centre of our world who is God, and to his central action in creating the world each day, sending Jesus Christ his Son.
Lord, send me, use me, create me in your work in the world.
Donal Neary SJ