It’s hard to believe that another church year begins this weekend. Tempus fugit!
Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation. We certainly get ready to commemorate the Birth of Jesus Christ once again. However, the Church reminds us that Christ will come again. When?
Have we as Christians become too complacent about this teaching of our faith? What if Jesus did come back today or tomorrow? Are we spiritually prepared?
I guess some people would panic: “When was the last time I was in Church?” “I haven’t been to confession in years!” “My life is not really in order right now!” “I never did forgive my dad!” “I haven’t spoken to my sister in years!” “I’ve been preoccupied with so many things and never take the time to pray!” “I really do not know Jesus Christ.”
Jesus warns us “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” (Mark 13:33) We are told by St. Paul that the day of the Lord “will come like a thief at night.“ (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
I do not want people to become fanatical like those who might run around with signs claiming that “the end of the world is near.” However, as Christians we need to live in the presence of the Lord continually. Christ is aware of us and is there for us at all times. Unfortunately, as humans, we cannot consciously be mindful of this at every moment, nor do we always live appropriately even if we believe it.
Advent is here! Don’t waste the time by getting caught up in all of the materialism that the world is concerned with and sells us every day. Take time for your spiritual life. Make time for Jesus Christ. Pray more, get to confession, be faithful in attending Mass and turn away from all sin. Ready your lives for the coming of Christ.
I find that when my priorities are in order and Christ is forefront in my life, everything else seems to fall into place. Unfortunately, I may have to learn this lesson over and over again, but someday I may finally get it right.
Hopefully, it won’t be too late.
Fr. Ed Namiotka