If we knew that today is the day that we die, how would we spend our final day on earth before appearing before Christ?
The readings in the early Sundays of Advent always remind us of the “end of the world”. Therefore instead of being frightened, we should seize the opportunity to turn from sin and become holy before it is too late.
“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 (…)So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming.” (Mt 24)
Is Advent the only time to celebrate the historical birth of Jesus? Immediately after the Consecration we all sing: “We proclaim Your Death, O Lord, and profess Your Resurrection until You come again”; in the Creed we proclaim our belief that “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.” Thus, Jesus invites us to hope in his final and glorious coming. “Every eye will see him even those who pierced him.” (Apo.1)
One Bible scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ’s second coming in the Old Testament and 318 references in the New Testament!
“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.” (Rom 13:11-14)
Let us turn towards Mary, our spiritual mother, and ask her how she prepared herself for the birth of her son. Did she not already adore him for nine months, as God was present in her womb as in the first living tabernacle? Let us also adore Jesus, especially after receiving Him in His hidden and silent Eucharistic Presence.