1st Sunday of Advent Year A
Stay awake! ... Let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,
the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ
with righteous deeds at his coming,
so that gathered at his right hand,
they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom.
At the start of the Church’s year, we enter the wondrous season of Advent with an exhortation to ‘stay awake’. We begin a time of preparation and anticipation as we look forward to welcoming the Christ Child into the world at Christmas. Christ calls each of us today to be awake to his presence in every moment, so that we may stand ready to greet him when he comes again in glory.
In the Gospel, Jesus encourages his followers to live within this state of preparation and anticipation, so that they may be ready to welcome the Son of Man when he comes.
In the First Reading, Isaiah foretells of the Kingdom of God – the kingdom that we are called to proclaim and live out in our own lives. Using the imagery of a great mountain, he describes the presence and authority of God. People from every nation will be drawn to the Lord, and peace will reign across the world.
The Psalm is a pilgrim’s song that would have been sung on the lips of those entering Jerusalem. This becomes our own pilgrim song as we enter Advent.
In the Second Reading, Paul calls us to wake up to our true reality.
We are children of light, and he encourages us to let go of everything that draws our attention away from Christ.
Throughout Advent, let us hold each other in prayer. May Christ’s peace be upon us all and his light shine within our hearts, so that we too may stand ready to greet him in all whom we meet.
O House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord. First Reading
‘Peace upon you!’ Psalm
Therefore, you too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further
Isaiah 2: 1–5; Psalm 121 (122); Romans 13: 11–14; Matthew 24: 37–44