First Sunday of Advent Year B

Published on 23 Nov 2020
A candle in a window

Waiting for 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.

As we begin another liturgical year, we focus on the coming of Christ.

We wait for his coming in our own lives; we wait for his coming at Christmas; and we await his second coming.

In the First Reading, the exiles, freshly returned from Babylon, plead with God to return to them to help them rebuild their land. They are weary with waiting for him.

The psalmist too pleads with God, ‘the shepherd of Israel’, to come once again to help, protect and show his power.

In the opening words of his letter to the Corinthians, Paul thanks God for all the graces they have received. He is confident that God will keep them faithful while they wait for the Lord Jesus Christ to be fully revealed (Second Reading).

In the Gospel, Jesus clearly warns his disciples to stay awake, to be on their guard, to be like the doorkeeper ... ever alert, because he does not know when his master will return.

Let us enter this new season with confidence, knowing that the Lord will give us, and our world, the graces we need, because ‘God is faithful’.

O Lord rouse up your might, O Lord, come to our help.     Psalm

God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ.    Second Reading

Stay awake!   Gospel

Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love

and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.

Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour and give us the strength to grow in love,

that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth.   Old Opening Prayer

This week’s texts if you want to explore further:

Isaiah 63: 16–17; 64: 1, 3–8; Psalm 79 (80); 1 Corinthians  1: 3–9; Mark 13: 33–37