First Sunday of Advent Year C
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.
On this first Sunday of Advent, we are reminded that we are waiting for the Lord’s coming not only at Christmas and at the End of Time, but also in our hearts.
Many centuries before the birth of Christ, the prophet Jeremiah reassures the people that God will fulfil his promises. Honesty and integrity will arise from the line of David. The Messiah will come. (First Reading)
St Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonians, urges them to grow in holiness and in love for one another as they await the Lord’s return. (Second Reading)
Luke describes in striking language the day of the Lord’s second coming. He exhorts us all to be ready for his arrival. This way, we can hold our heads high and survive all that will happen. We can then meet the Lord with confidence. Our liberation is near at hand. (Gospel)
While we wait, as the psalmist suggests, we can pray to the Lord that he will teach us his ways, his faithfulness and his love. (Psalm)
As I begin my waiting for the Lord this week, I may like to decide to spend a little time each day in his presence, telling him how much I long to welcome him anew in my heart.
I am going to fulfil my promise. First Reading
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. I trust in you. Psalm
May the Lord be generous in increasing your love, and make you love one another. Second Reading
‘Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.’ Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:
Jeremiah 33: 14–16; Psalm 24 (25); Thessalonians 3: 12–4: 2;
Luke 21: 25–28, 34–36