Sunday Reflection – November 30, 2014 – 1st Sunday of Advent

Be vigilant: God is near

Is 63:16b-I7,19b;
64:2b-7;
1 Cor 1:3-9;
Mk 13:33-37

Fr Fernando Torres, CMF
CLARETIAN PUBLICATIONS

In the market that is today’s world, there are many who would like to sell salvation cheaply. Some offer a salvation based on consumption: “Buy this product;” “Use this or that.” They tell us that all that will make us happier. Everything in everyone’s reach as long as you have enough money in the bank.

Others speak about God: “Make a donation;” “Pray this or that;” “Go to this or that pilgrimage.” Pedro went and his cancer was cured. Miguel did not have any more drinking problems.

There is also the other side, the threatening one: Jose did not pray and all his problems got worse. This God presented here seems like a dream magic potion. A little pill … and all problems are solved.  That is heaven in our reach. Those who proclaim these things seem to be magicians who control God with their power and make him work at their service. But salvation is not there either.

Reality is much more complex. God is not a magician who solves everything. Our world makes its own way. We find God by our side, encouraging us to take control of our own lives, to become responsible for our lives and our decisions. We find his presence in daily life, in the people we meet, and in events. There is a lot of God and grace in our lives.

This Sunday we start Advent. It is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. The Word of God invites us to be watchful. We need to be attentive because in our streets, in our families, and in our world there is a new presence. Christian communities are a sign of that presence. There are many good people working for others. These are the signs of the presence of God. God is with us!

God’s presence is growing! Advent is our opportunity to watch and be attentive, to discover the signs of the true presence of God and to celebrate them in our liturgy and in our prayer. Watch then, lest God comes at your side and in your life and you don’t recognize him.

For reflection

  • Watching means being alive and attentive to the great and small things that happen around us. Are we concerned about those things that happen, or do we live so closed up in our own problems that our world ends at the same point where our sight reaches?
  • When and where do we discover God near us?

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