St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

1st Sunday of Advent, C18

What are we waiting for?

The coming of the Messiah? No, he already came some 20 centuries ago. We now remember his coming.

What are we waiting for?

His presence in our lives? No, he already offers us his presence in the Scriptures, in the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist, and in our prayer where we deepen our experience of his presence.

What are we waiting for?

His eventual return? YES, that is what we are waiting for.

Every year the First Sunday of Advent’s readings remind us of that reality as do the readings of the previous Sunday, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King. In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

What can we expect?

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”[1] Out with old and familiar, in with the new and unknown, a birth is taking place, a birth that bring justice, a new order, a new creation, chaos leading to order in the kingdom of God.

Should we be frightened unto death? Not if we are following the advice of Jesus and Paul. Instead “stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”[2]

We should be excited when these things, or something like them, happen. If we are not, it may be time to examine your life.


[1] Luke 21:25-26.

[2] Luke 21:28

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