1 December, Sunday – Being Aware

1 Dec – 1st Sunday of Advent

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Isaiah 2:1-5

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In the days to come
the mountain of the Temple of the Lord
shall tower above the mountains
and be lifted higher than the hills.
All the nations will stream to it,
peoples without number will come to it; and they will say:

  ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
  to the Temple of the God of Jacob
  that he may teach us his ways
  so that we may walk in his paths;
  since the Law will go out from Zion,
  and the oracle of the Lord from Jerusalem.’

He will wield authority over the nations
and adjudicate between many peoples;
these will hammer their swords into ploughshares,
their spears into sickles.
Nation will not lift sword against nation,
there will be no more training for war.

O House of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.

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Romans 13:11-14

You know ‘the time’ has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon – let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Matthew 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept all away. It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left.

  ‘So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’

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For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark.

Let’s try to picture this. You start noticing that your neighbour has been getting up early, carrying a lot of building tools, and carrying logs over at some place. You hear a lot of hammering and sawing over from where he usually goes to and he usually comes back late at night. Soon, you see a huge boat. People start talking out of curiosity but no one bothered to ask Noah what he has been doing. You know some things out of the ordinary are happening but since it has not been bothering your life, you just continue with your daily routine. When the ark was finished you see Noah and his family gathering animals, and not just the usual animals you see around your village. They are animals that came from the forest, and those that fly and almost all the animals you know.

And you and the other villagers still choose to simply continue on with your lives because you never thought that what Noah had been doing could ever affect you.

When I read this passage, I thought how is it that people could just continue with what they have been doing when something big was happening just under their noses. Weren’t they curious? Didn’t they ask Noah or anyone from his family? If they did and if they found out, could they have become like Nineveh – where after repenting, God decided not to destroy the city?

In our lives, I believe that God has been giving us signs and signals on what is happening. Are we aware of what God has been allowing to happen to our lives in order to direct us or to shape us? Sometimes, there is already a big boat just beside us and we still refuse to stop and ponder what God has been showing in our lives.

So perhaps, during this Advent, we can spend some time in the Adoration Room with Jesus. Maybe in our lives, we have not seen, or we have refused to acknowledge, some of his promptings or signs that he has placed in our lives. Just like how the blind man asked Jesus, let us as him to ‘let (us) see again.’

Let us see again because we may have been blinded by our busyness. Let us see again because we may have been blinded by our hurts. Let us see again because we may have been blinded by our own way of thinking. Let us see again because we may have been blinded by the ‘happiness’ around us. Let us see again so that we can be aware of where we are being led.

 (Today’s OXYGEN by Stephanie Villa)

Prayer: Dearest Lord God, let me see again. During this time of waiting, let me see what you want me to see.

Thanksgiving: Thank you, Lord, for the boats that you have placed in my life so that I could see where you would want me to be led to.

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