First Sunday of Advent

“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.”

We begin a new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent. The Lectionary readings for this day give us glimpses of our heavenly home, first in its earthly image as earthly Jerusalem and finally as heaven itself.

Our readings exort us to live so as to be ready to enter the Heavenly Jerusalem. But first we must have our definitive meeting with the Risen Christ. May this meeting be a joyful one! To be ready means to live in such a way that we are ready for death at any moment.

We can be ready to meet Christ if we live the four cardinal virtues with the help of God’s grace with the intention of pleasing Him.

A powerful tool to keep us on track to be ready to meet Christ at any moment is the daily examination of consciene. This evening look at our day is one of the most prudent things we can do.

For a revised and updated doctrinal homily outline for the First Sunday of Advent, click here.

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