Today, I am reminded of the times when my sons would come home from school with a form to fill out regarding our safety devices and procedures at home. These would include such things as: locate and count the smoke detectors in the house, find the fire-extinguishers, locate all possible exits, prepare an emergency kit, including flashlights, batteries, water, and energy bars, and discuss where the family members would meet in case of a fire or other disaster. The purpose of these forms is to get the family talking about possible disasters and to make sure that we are prepared for them. However, these forms always left off one of the most important things for which we need to prepare.
Advent is also a time to prepare. It is a time to prepare us for “the day of the Lord” when Christ will come to judge the living and the dead. It is our job to be prepared for His inevitable arrival. Unlike the disasters we try to prepare for which may never occur, this preparation WILL be put to the test. We may never be tested by fire, tornado, or earthquake, but we WILL see Jesus, either when we die, or during His Second Coming. Either way, we WILL be judged by how well we prepared ourselves. Are you prepared?
Starting today, we are beginning our Advent study using Catholic Scripture Study International’s Advent: Preparing for Christ, Cycle B by Cindy Morales. This week, please read Week 1, pages 5-14. For those of you who do not have this book, there are several other ways to help prepare you for the Coming of Christ. There are Advent books that allow you to pray and meditate daily. I’ve found several at https://www.catholiccompany.com/advent-prayer-books-c1506/ Or, you can just set time aside everyday to think about the ways you are becoming holy and ways you can improve your holiness. How you choose to prepare yourself isn’t the main concern. What matters is that you are trying. “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” (Mark 13:33) It is important to prepare for potential disasters. However, it is even more important to prepare for the inevitable coming of Christ. Let’s take on the Boy Scout motto and be prepared!
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