Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sunday Gospel Reflection, December 3, 2017: Wait for the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ...

Are you living this moment for Christ? 

   Late in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, the exiled people of Israel have at last come to realize that they have failed in their covenant with God, and beg the Lord to return for the sake of his servants. They are in a posture of waiting, not waiting out their circumstances, but rather waiting in expectation, waiting for God’s salvation to come.  They recognize that God’s is the only power that can come to their aid:  no eye has ever seen any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him, they cry. In Psalm 80, the psalmist similarly calls upon God to save us, and protect what your right hand has planted. Knowing they themselves are the work of God’s hands, the people must trust and call upon God’s name, waiting, confident that if only God turns God’s face to them – a moment of revelation – they will be saved.

   In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus likewise exhorts his disciples to be watchful and alert!  He speaks not, however, of simply waiting for some moment in the future, but of living this moment, being alive, fully alive to Christ alive in them, now.  May the Lord not come suddenly and find you sleeping; stay awake, he tells them, be about what you are supposed to be about, do what is needed, but be ever ready for Christ to step into your lives at every given moment. The disciples are to live, as Paul later tells the Corinthians, in a state of expectation as they wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

   Grounded in chronos time, we are called during this Advent season to tune ourselves, our very beings, to kairos time, living in eager expectation of Christ’s ongoing revelation in our lives, a revelation that comes to us, new, every time.  So be watchful, this Advent season, and live your life, fully alive in this moment, for Christ!

This post is based on Fr. Pat’s Scripture class.
Image source:  Wordle

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