First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 3rd


Is 63:16-17, 19b; 64:2-7;
Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19;
1Cor 1: 3-9; Mk 13:33-37


…What I say to you, I say to everyone, “Watch!” Mk 13:37

As we get into the season of Advent, the readings and the Gospel for today speak of a period of waiting and watching. In the reading from Isaiah we are told that God will be present to those who wait faithfully. And the reading from Corinthians invites us to “wait for our Lord Jesus Christ” with eagerness. But it is the Gospel that admonishes us to “Be on guard, be alert and watch,” for we do not know when God will come to meet us. The word “watch” can have many connotations. To watch can mean “to observe carefully or continuously, to look expectantly or with anticipation.” It can also mean “to be on the lookout for, to be alert” or to be on guard. To watch means “to be awake, to keep vigil” (American Heritage Dictionary). It seems that the word “watch” is a good word for us to focus on during this Advent Season. Advent is a time of preparation. We are preparing, with expectancy, for Christmas – the coming of Christ. We watch with hope and love. Throughout the year we watch with anticipation for many things in our lives. Most of all, we must all be on our guard, alert and watchful, so that we do not miss any opportunities to be of service to others – to be in the presence of God.


O God, grant that I may always be on guard so as not to give in to temptation. Keep me alert at all times so that I may recognize you in the poor and vulnerable of our society. Let me be watchful lest I let the opportunities to serve you pass me by. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

Personal Challenge

This week make a special effort to recognize Jesus in everyone you meet.

Sister Joan Burger
Wichita, KS

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