Nov. 7, 2016 - 1st Sunday of Advent, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
We lead very scheduled lives today. And we are on the go all the time. We get caught up completely in the activities of daily living.
There’s the time to go to school and the time to go to work. We have to make it to this appointment and that event. It seems like we never stop. We go, go go.
We can get so busy that we become overwhelmed and our sensitivities are deadened. When this happens, we are not alert, we are not awake, we are not really paying attention.
So we end up going through the motions and then, suddenly, life becomes a chore. To reward ourselves or to just cope, we become self-indulgent. And that self-indulgence usually leads us into sin. I deserve this, we say.
Getting too caught up in our daily activities can leave little room for God, little room for prayer, little room for self-reflection, little room for peace.
The readings on this First Sunday of Advent call us to be alert to God’s nearness, to be instructed in God’s ways and so to walk in the light of the day instead of the darkness of the night.
Doing this allows us to find peace in our crazy lives. So, in essence, we are told to wake up and find the path of peace. There is a path of peace for each of us. And, in finding it, we are called to choose it.
We have the ability to make peace in our part of the world. And there are things we can do to find peace this Advent.
Is there a conflict at work, in our church community, at the place where we volunteer, or in our family? There is a way to peace. Sometimes we have to work to find it.
It may involve letting go of some past hurt or forgiving some transgression or accepting forgiveness for some slight.
It may involve staying awake or paying attention. It may involve lifting someone up in prayer or doing an anonymous good deed for someone who cannot possibly repay.
In the midst of our busyness we are also called to find peace within.
We might do this by meditating on the scriptures or praying the rosary or sitting quietly with God letting love and peace and serenity wash over us.
Even though we live very hectic lives, even though we are caught up in the activities of daily living, we are still called to love.
We are still called to serve. We are still called to recognize the face of Christ in everyone around us.
We are called to climb the Lord’s mountain. We are called to make a place for peace and quiet and simplicity in our hearts.
And so on the FIrst Sunday of Advent, we invite the Lord Jesus to come to us as our Prince of Peace. We ask the lord to show us the path that leads to peace. And, we beg the Lord to take a place in our hearts and to live there forever.