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Sunday 01 December 2019: First Sunday of Advent

Stay awake, you must be ready

Advent wreath - 1st Sunday of AdventAdvent means "Coming". During this season the liturgies encourage us - as we look forward to the Christmas celebration - to reflect upon the mystery of God's coming among us. It is a season of expectation, reminding us that we live in time.

The irresistible march of time has puzzled philosophers since ancient times. We shall learn a great deal about ourselves, if we get in touch with the moods that shape our lives – moods that almost invariably involve the passing of time: our hopes and fears, our yearnings and disappointments, our sense of achievement, the lessons life is teaching us. Our faith should help us to situate this pattern of our lives within the designs of God. Where the march of time is leading us has only become clear, of course, because God has made known to us why the world was created. If God had remained silent, time would seem like an ever- going nowhere. Since Old Testament times, however, God's people have been given a growing awareness God's designs – through the divine gifts of faith and hope...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

Lord, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of your son, Jesus Christ, this Christmas, we pray that we will welcome him into our hearts. As the light of our advent wreath grows stronger, week by week, make us strong in following him in the love and the peace we show to others. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.