Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent, by Br. Joseph Bach, OSF

advent1First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm Response: Psalm 122:1-2, 3-5, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44

Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!  In Isaiah’s vision in the first reading today, all nations shall stream to God’s house where they will learn God’s ways of peace and justice.  Learning God’s ways of peace and justice require that we awake from our sleep and stay awake without being distracted by things that do not allow us to walk in the light of the Lord.  During this time of waiting in joy and in hope, let us be reminded to stay awake so that we can recognize the ways that God comes to us and instructs us in ways of peace and justice in the people and events of our daily lives to help prepare us for God’s coming in Jesus Christ.  As God announces peace through the Incarnation, we remember our call as Franciscans:  As they announce peace with their lips, let them be careful to have it even more within their own hearts.  No one should be roused to wrath or insult on their account, rather all should be moved to peace, goodwill and mercy because of their gentleness (TOR Rule 9).  What are these things that distract us from God’s ways of peace and justice?  Do we have the peace in our hearts that allows us to move those we encounter towards peace?

God of Peace and Justice, during this time of Advent, teach us how to live in your love and show us how to walk in your ways.  Give us the strength and courage to be a light for others of your love, your peace, and your justice as we await your coming among us through the Incarnation.

Br. Joseph Bach, OSF

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