First Sunday of Advent


IS 2:1-15, ROM 13:11-14, MT 24:37-44

Advent Challenge 11-27“So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Today we hear that ominous Gospel passage where Jesus tells us about people being taken from where they are and what they are doing when they least expect it, while others remain. This has been distorted by some for support into a spectacular idea of a rapture, leading to many books and movies. A profitable genre has been created that sometimes preys on people’s fears.

But in following Jesus Christ, there is no fear. What we are called to do is live each day as it were our last. Be mindful of all the opportunities around you to share love and the gifts God has given you. We will all be held accountable in the end, but it is not what we have done that will save us. Our salvation lies in intentionally following Jesus, which leads to us giving over ourselves totally to Him.

Daily Advent Challenge

Spend time reflecting on what would you change in your life if you knew your time was close to an end. Resolve to make even a small change or two today!