First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 27


Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122: 1-9
Romans 13: 11-14
Matthew 24: 37-44


It is now the hour to wake from your sleep!
Romans 13:11

WAKE UP! It’s the first Sunday of Advent, time to begin the liturgical year once again. It is time for new energy and new intent in our living. Over forty years ago, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes became known for a song entitled: “Wake Up, Everybody.” I urge you to google it, and listen, for it is appropriate for today. One of the lyrics is this: “The world has changed so very much from what it used to be, there’s so much hatred, war and poverty.” The familiar lines from the Isaiah reading today: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” What a wonderful metaphor for transformation! If we awake anew and intend to give birth to Christ in our world, our world will be transformed, indeed. So, “WAKE UP EVERYBODY!”


Oh God!!! Sound the alarm to awaken our hearts
to your desires for our world
and inspire us to bring Christ to birth again and again
in our lives and in our world.

Personal Challenge

As we awaken from our physical sleep each morning this Advent,
may we hear God’s call to us to awaken our hearts.

Sister Sallie Latkovich, CSJ
Chicago, IL

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