Reflections - December 2, 2018

“They will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Lk. 21:27.

The readings for this first Sunday of Advent tell us that the Lord comes with “great power and majesty”, but His coming will be accompanied by terrible catastrophes. We are startled by the pain and fear because when we think of God we associate Him with peace, joy, and hope. An old man who was not a believer jokingly said: “If the Lord comes in that way then no hurry – He should take His time”. Of course that is not the idea of today’s message.

What is the message that this Gospel wants to transmit to us?

Will we be condemned to so many suffering from the good, loving, and merciful God who is “slow to wrath and rich in mercy”? I invite you to read carefully God’s Words and discover that He exhorts us to “beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise…...”. I think it would be a tremendous catastrophe that the Lord’s visit catches us unnoticed because He is not occupying the center of our minds and hearts. Sometimes “the things of this world can distract us from the Creator of the world”. Remember that when our “focus” and our prayer life is not with Christ we can “stagger” and what seemed firm like power, prestige, etc. “that at first were threads eventually can become chains that enslave us and blind us”. I was told by a young man “who was shaken to the core by a strong emotional upheaval in his life in which he lost everything he considered important that this made him seek help and free himself from his disordered addictions and affections and get closer to Christ and His mother Mary”.

Brothers and sisters, the merciful Lord can take advantage “when our star wobbles” to visit us and commiserate with us and liberate us from what we thought was important. Many brothers and sisters have returned to the Lord in moments of failure, pain, and death.

Let us pray to the Lord and His mother Mary, the Immaculate Conception, whose feast we celebrate December 8th, to help us be alert this Advent and that through the events of life we can discover their closeness and escape from what alienates us and prevents us from being prepared and joyful for His visit in our lives.