Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year A
Theme: JESUS CALLS US TO BE READY…. “Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come”
By: Mons. José Ignacio ALEMANY Grau
Homily for Sunday December 1 2019
Today, «just as it was in the time of Noah», people eats, drinks, marry and give in marriage, with the aggravating factor that man takes man, and woman takes woman (cf. Mt 24:37-38). But there are also, as in patriarch Noah’s day, saints in the same office and in the same place than the others. And one of them will be taken and the other left, because the Just Judge will come.
We must be awake for «only those who are alert are not taken by surprise» (Benedict XVI). We must be prepared with our love enkindled in our heart, as the torch of the wise virgins. This is precisely what it is all about: there will come the time when we will hear: «Behold, the Bridegroom is here!» (Mt 25:6), Jesus Christ!
His arrival is always causing joy to those who carry the torch fastened in their heart. His coming is something like the parent who lives in a faraway country and writes his family: —when you less expect it, I will be there. From that day on, all is joy in that home: Our Dad is coming! Our model, the Saints, lived like this, “waiting for the Lord to come”.
The Advent is meant to learn to await with peace and love, the Lord who is coming. Nothing of the despair and eagerness typifying the nowadays man. Saint Augustine gives us a good recipe to await: «live your life as you would like your death to be». If we await with love, God will satiate our heart and our hopes.
Stay awake, for you do not know on what day our Lord will come (cf. Mt 24:42). Clean home, pure heart, thoughts and sentiments in Jesus’ style. Benedict XVI explains: «To watch means to follow the Lord, to choose what He has chosen, to love what He has loved, to conform one’s own life to His». Then the Son of Man will come… and the Father will embrace us for resembling his Son.
Mons. José Ignacio ALEMANY Grau, Emeritus Bishop of Chachapoyas