Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Come, Lord Jesus with Pastor Carlos
Come, Lord Jesus
My family drove down from the Bay Area to spend Thanksgiving with me and they’re leaving this morning. It was the first time we spent Thanksgiving as a family in San Diego.
Today we begin a new liturgical year with the season of Advent. Today’s Gospel reading focuses on the second coming of Christ. It is an invitation to deepen our awareness of how we are living our life, very much in line with the Gospels of the last two weeks.
Advent is understood by most people as a time to prepare for Christmas, and today there is little reference to Christmas. Although the last half of Advent does point to, and prepares us for Christmas, the first part of Advent is actually kind of somber.
This beginning part of Advent invites us to slow down and realize that the fullness of God’s reign of peace and justice is not here yet, and so Advent puts us in touch with a longing for that fullness of God’s reign when Christ comes again.
In the busy schedules characteristic of these days, can we create in ourselves a longing for God’s presence and alert ourselves to the emptiness of life without God, so that we will praise and thank Him for having come to us?
God bless, Fr. Carlos, OSA