First Sunday of Advent Year C

PARISH PRIEST’S REFLECTION
Jeremiah 33:14-16 | 1 Thessalonians 3:12 — 4:2 | Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

THEME: CONTINUE TO WALK IN THE LORD AND TO PLEASE GOD: DO SO MORE AND MORE

We have completed a full year of official prayers and worship.  We have read and listened to the Scriptures (the Word of God) and if we have paid attention, we have been formed and informed.  This is the purpose of what is called a Liturgical Year.

So as we enter a new Liturgical Year, we are being encouraged to continue to WALK in the LORD and to PLEASE GOD even more intensely.  The LORD’s coming should not find us scattered, but alert and able to observe the signs of the times.

St. Luke in today’s Gospel reports Christ saying: “There will be SIGNS in Sun and moon and stars and upon the earth DISTRESS OF NATIONS in perplexity at the roaring of the SEA and the WAVES and men FAINTING with FEAR, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

The BELIEVERS or CHRISTIANS or the FOLLOWERS of CHRIST should be able to observe such days without panicking.  Knowing that the One they follow, THE SON OF MAN is the One COMING in a cloud with Power and great Glory.  That the One after Whom we are named, Christ (for we are Christians) is opening up doors for us to the Father.  “Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because YOUR REDEMPTION is drawing near: Do not be afraid or do not begin to panic and get scattered  – “DO NOT FEAR.” Just be alert.

The way we have mobilized our efforts and energies during the past Liturgical Year, should help us to be alert and ready so that we are not scattered and absolved in drunkenness and cares of this life for that day to come upon us suddenly like a trap.  “Watch at all times, PRAYING to have STRENGTH to escape all these things and to stand confidently before the SON OF MAN when He arrives.  The meaning of the Season of Advent is about the Arrival of Christ at His birth – Christmas.

The LORD says through Jeremiah in the First Reading, that He will be faithful to those who have remained faithful. He will execute JUSTICE and RIGHTEOUSNESS in the LAND when He arrives.

So we pray with St. Paul in his First Letter to the Thessalonians in our Second Reading today; “May the LORD make us INCREASE and ABOUND in love TO ONE ANOTHER and to ALL MEN and WOMEN so that the LORD finds us unblamable and living in Holiness before God and Father, at the coming of Our LORD Jesus with ALL THE SAINTS.”

Let us Walk in the LORD and please God as we have always tried and do so even more intensely.

LET US PREPARE WELL FOR CHRISTMAS!

Msgr. Gerard Kalumba
Christ the King Parish, Kampala