1st Sunday of Advent, Year C
As time goes by, the words about Jesus’ coming in glory seem to lose some of their power. For instance, I didn’t see anyone dying of fright while the Gospel was read.
Now, the very early Church eagerly anticipated that Jesus would come back in their lifetime; eagerly! But, they would be disappointed as were generations after them. By now, most of us don’t expect to see Jesus “coming in a cloud with power and great glory”.
That’s why as we start a new Church year of grace the Gospel tells us what we are really waiting for. Jesus came once by the Holy Spirit and was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man on the feast of Christmas. We believe in his promise that he will come again at some unknown time to finish his redemptive work completely.
But, it is hard to be constantly alert, ready, vigilant, and wide awake. We can get easily distracted by the anxieties of daily life, such as mortgage and car payments and tuition payments, homework and preparing for tests, and, at this time year, decorating for Christmas and buying just the right presents to give to others and wondering and hoping for things that Santa & others might bring us. We push thoughts of the Parousia to the edges and corners of our minds. That is understandable. Otherwise nothing gets done while we wait for something that may or not happen in our lifetimes.
And yet, we still pray in the Our Father “Thy Kingdom come” and in the Nicene Creed that we “look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come”.
Do we really mean what we say? Do we?