1st Sunday of Advent (A)

November 27, 2022

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INTRODUCTION

Staying Alert

As we begin this Advent season, we focus on the universal spiritual practice of being awake—deeply aware. It’s not that we’re sleeping, but that it’s so easy to become distracted by the ordinary demands of life—especially in this holiday season. It is so easy to overlook what is truly most important, but staying alert is hard. God is always present to us; Jesus comes in many guises, many ways. If we’re not alert, we miss it all. What will it take to keep us focused?

SOURCE: Excerpt by Joan DeMerchant; taken from the Cycle C Sunday Resources feature series. View the full series which has commentary, planning and prayer resources originally published in Celebration, the pastoral and worship planning resource which served readers from 1972 until 2019.

First Sunday of Advent (A)

FR. RICHARD LONSDALE

The Armor of Light

First Sunday of Advent (A)

Like Jesus, Paul often used examples drawn from daily life to illustrate his teachings. Soldiers in armor would be a common sight in the lands occupied by Rome. They were necessary to maintain order and prevent revolutions. The Roman soldiers may have lived in excess during off-duty moments. The “orgies and drunkenness” would be a witness to the power and degradation of Rome. By non-Romans the Roman Soldiers might have been seen as armies of darkness. Paul suggests that the Christians should don virtues that would be the armor of the forces of light.

© 2000 by Father Richard Lonsdale. This text, as well as the clipart below, may be freely reproduced in any non-profit publication.
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Opening the Word

Isaiah 2:1-5

Let us walk in the light of the Lord!

  • The prophet Isaiah describes a glorious vision of the arrival of God’s Kingdom.
  • The event that Isaiah describes, the gathering of people into God’s Kingdom and the beating of swords into plowshares, refers to a future time of peace and prosperity, similar to the time of David.
  • This reading urges the people to join in the march toward peace and prosperity by trusting in God!


ROMANS 13:11-14

It is now the hour to awake from your sleep

  • With the death and Resurrection of Christ, Paul presents the Christian community with the critical challenge of the present moment.
  • Paul lists six sins to be avoided in preparation for the end time, or indeed for any time in the life of the Christian.
  • Paul urges each person to seek the honorable path and imitate the life of Jesus.


MATTHEW 24:37-44

You must be prepared

  • This Gospel reading from Matthew focuses on the second coming of Christ.
  • The images of the two men in the field and the two women grinding meal emphasize the suddenness of Christ’s coming and the separation that it will bring.
  • The lesson is: be constantly watchful.

SOURCES: Content adapted from Our Sunday VisitorThe clipart is from the archive of Father Richard Lonsdale © 2000. The clipart may be freely reproduced in any non-profit publication.
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