Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44
At the coming of the Son of Man, it will be just as it was in the time of Noah. In those days before the Flood, people were eating and drinking, and marrying, until that day when Noah went into the ark. Yet, they did not know what would happen, until the flood came and swept them away. So will it be, at the coming of the Son of Man: of two men in the field, one will be taken and the other left; of two women grinding wheat together at the mill, one will be taken and the other left. Stay awake then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Obviously, if the owner of the house knew at what time the thief was coming, he would certainly stay up and not allow his house to be broken into. So be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect.

Lectio Divina
READ: “Therefore, stay awake? For you do not know on which day the Lord will come.” (Gospel)
REFLECT: “Find Ways and Means to overcome your weak­ness (say flesh and purity) this is what it means also to stay awake”. This first Sunday of Advent ushers us to listen to these words “stay awake”. This means being prepared, being ready: opening up of our minds and hearts. Because we do not know when the Lord comes. When we are caught off guard we will be ashamed at others. We become the butt of jokes. When the Lord tells us today: “staying awake”, this means a serious caution. In the Second reading this “staying awake” is translated to “putting on Christ” and do not be led by the flesh nor follow its desires. Putting on Christ means embracing His ways. Be ready for any even­tuality that Christ wants us.
PRAY: “Lord, lead me to your path, enlighten my mind and heart. Let your WORD be my light.
ACT: Be keen with what leads us to the sins of the flesh which destroys purity.

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