First Sunday of Advent 2012

In advent by Notting Hill Carmel

Advent is a time of waiting, but waiting does not mean sitting back until something happens. Jesus in the Gospel uses stirring words: “stand erect…watch yourselves…stay awake”! We are to be alert and vigilant in our waiting, because at any moment he can come to us in the events of life, in the person of our neighbour, or in the silence of our hearts. “The days are coming”, says Jeremiah in the first reading, but we know that we already live in those days that he foretold and the promise of God has been fulfilled. It is for us to be eager and watchful so that we do not miss any of the ways in which he comes to us.