“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to [escape the tribulations that are imminent and to] stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
Time to take stock. In just a couple of weeks, we begin a new liturgical year. But before then, we have a little work to do.
Rather than think about a literal “end of the world”—the images in today’s readings—let’s think instead about the fulfillment of God’s reign on earth, something each of us can contribute to because we are all missioners. The world we hope to end is one of darkness and disillusion. The world we want to create is built on God’s eternal love and the promise of salvation that we are gifted in the Christ Child.
From this perspective, preparing for the arrival of the Son of Man becomes a more hopeful kind of challenge. So I suggest taking the time between now and the beginning of Advent to see where God in your life right now. How do you reflect the joy of our faith at home? At work? In your neighborhood? In your parish? How much time are you making for prayer and self-reflection? Where God is absent, how are you being called to make the Lord’s presence known?
Friend, as Advent approaches, now is a good time for an examination of conscience—a checklist for the soul that results in eyes that see, ears that hear, and a heart that overflows with the love of Christ himself. That’s all we really
need to prepare for as one season ends—and a new one begins. May your journey be rich and rewarding.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Lance Nadeau, M.M.
Prayer for 2nd Sunday
God of all times and seasons
we long for the coming of Your reign
where love, peace and justice prevail
over the powers of darkness and sin.
Help me to do my part by defending
the weak, protecting the powerless
and lifting up the downtrodden to their
rightful place as sons and daughters
of You, our most merciful God.
May I reflect Your joy to everyone I meet in public,
at work, at home or in church that they too might
experience Your forgiveness, healing and
fullness of life.
Prayer by Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.