1st Sunday of Advent Year B
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,
the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ
with righteous deeds at his coming,
so that, gathered at his right hand,
they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom.
We begin Advent with a call to prepare – and to stay awake!
We are called to wake up to our true reality: to become alive to God at work in our lives, and to be ready to greet Jesus Christ as he comes to us in each and every moment. We are reminded, too, of our hope of Christ’s second triumphant coming.
In the First Reading, the prophet tells – despite us being God’s children – of how we lost our way. Isaiah yearns for the time when God will come down to his people. He reminds us that we are all the work of God’s hand.
The Psalmist also longs for God’s help and care. Using images of a shepherd and farmer, we are encouraged to recognise how tender God’s love is for us – the love that became incarnate, the light which shines upon us and saves us.
The Second Reading reminds us of the blessings and graces we have received from God. It is God’s spirit that gives us hope as we wait for Christ coming again into our lives.
In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us to be ready and alert to God coming into our lives. We have each been given a task, and Jesus wants us to be prepared to receive Him.
Throughout this Advent season, let us remember each other in prayer, and ask for the grace to be able to make time to become silent and still.
In the silence, let us watch and wait for the Lord.
Lord, you are our Father; we the clay, you the potter, we are all the work of your hand. First Reading
God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved. Responsorial Psalm
He will keep you steady and without blame until the last day ... because God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful. Second Reading
This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further:
Isaiah 63: 16–17; 64: 1, 3–8; Psalm 79 (80); 1 Corinthians. 1: 3–9; Mark 13: 33–37