Advent: A Season of Joyful Hope and of Inner Renewal

Today’s Gospel Reading is from Mark 13:33-37

33 ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.

34 It is like a man traveling abroad: he has gone from his home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own work to do; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake.

35 So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow or dawn;

36 if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep.

37 And what I am saying to you I say to all: Stay awake!’


As we enter into a new Church year, a new liturgical year with the first Sunday of Advent,  may we remember the true essence of this Season of Joyful Hope. As we await Christmas, let us prepare not only our homes but also our hearts, by an inner renewal of ourselves.

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How do we celebrate the first coming of Jesus Christ into our humanity? Here are some reminders the priest shared in his homily:

  • Watch
  • Look back
  • Look forward with expectation, with expectant hope
  • Let us rush to the Father as He eagerly wants to rush to us
  • God is inviting us to rush to Him as much as He wants to rush to us
  • In grief, there is gratitude
  • In grief, there is gratitude when we watch
  • We cannot let go of 2020 until it blesses us





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