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Advent 1 B
Isa 63: 16b-17, 19; 64:2-7
1 Cor 1: 3- 9
Mk 13: 33 – 37

The word “Advent” comes from Latin, “Adventus,” means  “coming.” The First Sunday of Advent is the first day of the liturgical calendar. Advent is the time of preparation to welcome Christ on Christmas Day. First of all, Advent is a time to repair something broken and damaged in your soul, your family, and your relationship. In other words, it is a time for healing and reconciliation within yourself and with others. Second, Advent is a time for you to be alert about your destination. What is your purpose in life? Where is your end? It is a time for you to be aware that you will not live forever in the world; Christ will come again. Ultimately, you will encounter Him.

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Changing is a sign of growing to reach something new, but changing also demands of leaving behind that which holds us back

When Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius (79 AD) there were many persons buried in the ruins who were afterwards found in very different positions.

There were some found in deep vaults, as if they had gone there for security. There were some found in lofty chambers. But where did they find the Roman sentinel?

They found him standing at the city gate where he had been placed by the captain, with his hands still grasping the weapon. There, while the earth shook beneath him; there, while the floods of ashes and cinders overwhelmed him, he had stood at his post; and there, after a thousand years, he was found. [1]

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The worst tragedy for a man or woman is to ignore his or her reality as a human being. The natural law reflects the truth that no living being in this world is everlasting. All things change and fade. It is also true of human being. We are changing day after day. Our body and our spirit are changing. Changing is a sign of growing to reach something new, but changing also demands of leaving behind that which holds us back. Each day God invites us to journey with Him and to move forward; but at the same time, He also invites us to leave behind our grief, sorrow, and regrets. He always invites us to embrace new situations, no matter what they are. To accept His invitation to embrace the unknown future is the invitation to trust in God completely.

My friends, do you trust in Him? Are you willing to move forward with him?

[1] Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996).

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