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First Sunday of Advent 2020

The beginning of the Christian year begins at the end- the promised return of Christ at the end of time. In this brief Gospel parable of the master of the house, Jesus articulates the Advent themes of waiting, watchfulness and readiness. Jesus calls us to realize our responsibilities in the present as we dare to look forward to the promise of the future.

Today's first reading from Trito-Isaiah is a prayer of hope at a very desperate and overwhelming time for the prophet's listeners. The long night of the Babylonian exile is over; now begins the hard and difficult work of restoration. Isaiah and the Jewish acknowledge their sinfulness and faithlessness, but plead not for justice but for mercy from the God who reveals himself as Father to his people. In the beautiful image of God as "potter," Israel asks God to re-create and re-form them into a people and nation worth of the covenant.

In his opening words of thanksgiving (to what will be a very stern letter of reprimand and reproof for the divisions plaguing the Christian community in Corinth), Paul reminds his readers, in the second reading, that the Lord's promised return is not a reason for fear and despair but a cause for hope, for the promise of the covenant renewed in Christ Jesus will be fulfilled. It is not the date of the Parousia that should concern us but our readiness to stand before the coming "Son of Man."

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Readings: Mark 13: 33-37

Isaiah 63 16-17, 19: 64 2-7

1 Corinthians 1: 3-9

THEMES

'Be on watch! Stay awake!'

Life is a constant Advent experience: the world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be; we are constantly waiting to become, to discover, to understand, to change, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfillment are all part of life's Advent. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us - as one of us- give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned by our merciful Father in heaven. We are not a Christmas people but an Advent people living our lives in patient faith and joyful hope for the Lord's coming in our lifetimes.

'An Advent people.'

The season of Advent confronts us with both the preciousness and precariousness of life, the inevitable - yet still always difficult - changes that we must content with in the course of the time we are given. We begin the liturgical season of Advent at the end: The first Sunday of Advent (and a new liturgical year) focuses on the last day, when Christ returns to lead us into a new time - the eternity of God's reign. The theologian Karl Rahner said that we are an "Advent Church," a Church that lives always in hopeful anticipation of the Christ who comes in its faithfulness to the Gospel of justice and reconciliation.