Monday of the First Week of Advent

Today we begin a series of daily commentaries that will run through Advent.  This will be a test of my perseverance and your patience.  Enjoy!

The Entrance Antiphon for today’s mass is short and to the point:

Hear the word of the Lord, O nations;

declare it to the distant lands;

Behold, our Savior will come; you need no longer fear.

It’s from the book of the prophet Jeremiah and it says a lot.  First, we are to hear the word of the Lord.  During this time of Advent, our preparation for the coming of the Messiah, it’s especially important that we hear what God is saying to us.

Second, God calls us to share the word of God with distant lands.  That doesn’t mean that you should hop on a plane and fly half way around the world.  It does mean that we’re called to share the good news with everyone.  Of course, in this modern age, it is possible to share the Gospel with people in foreign lands from the comfort of your home via the Internet.  It’s what I’m doing right now.  But the key message here isn’t about geographical distance, it’s all about the sharing, even if our evangelization doesn’t extend any farther than our own homes.

Third, the prophet is assuring us that the Savior is coming.  We no longer have anything to be afraid of.  What a comfort!  No matter what happens in this life, we have the hope, through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that we can spend eternity in perpetual light.
Make it a blessed Monday.

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