Matthew 24: 37-44

 

Jesus said to his disciples: "The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away.

 

"The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that: Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind; two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind. So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up. But you do know this: You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. You have no idea when the Son of Man is going to show up."

 

Prayer

Dear Lord,

 

 

In this Advent of expectation

draw us together in unity,

that our praise and worship

might echo through our lives.

In this Advent of expectation

draw us together in mission,

that the hope within

might be the song we sing,

and the melody of our lives.

In this Advent of expectation

draw us together in service,

that the path we follow

might lead us from a stable

to a glimpse of eternity.

 

 

Amen

 

Reflection

 

Are you ready for the Son of Man’s arrival? 

 

If He appeared tomorrow would you be the one he would take with him or the one he leaves behind? 

 

As you enter the season of Advent and you look back at how quick the year has gone, all the decisions that you have made and all of your actions towards others do your thoughts leave you feeling proud or feeling like you could have done better?

 

We all make choices in our lives and we hope and pray they are the best choices, the choices that will lead us to Jesus.  As it says in today’s Gospel we must stay vigilant, especially in the decisions we are making for judgement will be made on the way we lead our lives due to those decisions.

 

We all have a duty to do the right thing and Advent gives us the opportunity to celebrate our willingness and our ability to do the right thing and make the right choices. Advent provides us with time to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ arrival not just as a baby but to look forward for when he comes again.  For the time we can say “thank you for showing us the way and you unending love.”

 

Stay alert to your actions, be the best version of yourself, remain Christlike and have a wonderful Advent.

 

Georgina Hindley

Salesian Cooperator

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