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First Weekend Of Advent: Stay Awake, Be Prepared, PUT ON CHRIST!

     Since a small age I have had the calling to becoming a Priest. That calling, as only grown more and more, like a plant growing from it's seed to it's fruit. The calling is continually growing through the nourishment given by Priests,Bishops, family, and my church community. I now anticipate, more and more everyday, the day that I will become a Priest; When I will become a Servant to the Lord.

     It is normal for us, day to day, to plan our what we will do today and tomorrow and next week. When we will start working on this, and when we will call our friend. It's normal, and very useful to plan in advanced. We plan so much, that we buy insurance in case something unpredictable may happen. In and around the time of Jesus, however, they only focused on the present-not the future.  Which Jesus, very rarely, agrees with them and teaches them to pray, " ..And give us this day our daily bread"

     Today in the Gospel, however, Jesus tells us to prepare and stay awake! He was going to come again, but no one knew, So Stay Awake and be ready. So different from what he regularly  preaches. Everyone (who believed in Christ) during that time, including Jesus disciples, thought Jesus would return in their life. Matthew, was written around 80-85 A.D. and so this would have been a reassurance of the words of Christ to the people whom had fallen asleep- Spiritually that is. 

     Advent is a time of preparing. Preparing for the feast and celebration of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It's the Advent of the Son of Man. We wait in joyful hope for his coming, so that we may be forgiven, filled with the Holy Spirit, and saved.We must prepare to stay awake in our spiritual lives. Not to grown weary while we wait, but to stay faithfully awake! And if we do how joyous these weeks will be! We must prepare and not lose sight of the coming of the Lord.

     For the weeks in Advent, St Paul, and St. James guides us through steps, like a journey, on how to prepare ourselves for the Advent of the Lord. They help us to prepare for the wonderful exciting moment of Christ Jesus Birth into our hearts.

     St Paul, this weekend, tells us to, " put on the Lord Jesus Christ."  At our baptism we were marked with Christ. It is our mark of discipleship- that we put on Christ. We must put on Christ. Now, in our daily lives, we must wear Christ. Our actions, our thoughts, and our attitude must all reflect that of Christ. To put on Christ, means to become Christ like. And when we are Christ-like we are open with a humble heart and mind, we are caring for sick and elderly, we are guiding others onto a better path, and we are living life that of a disciple. 

     Often, Christ can be hidden and forgotten in our daily lives. As we plan for today and tomorrow, we can get caught up in what we are doing. When we put on Christ, we are constantly thinking Christ- thus making us become more Christ like. We were all cleansed at our baptism, and when we put on Christ we renew that cleansing, and live the life we are called to live.

It must be our sincere heart, however, to put on Christ. If we put on Christ and give no meaning, give no life to Christ, then it isn't worth it. We must want to put on Christ to become more Christ like, and in doing so we prepare our actions and our life for the coming of the Lord. 

     Only a few more years, however, before I can enter into the seminary. While I wait and plan, my calling will continue to become nourished by so many great and inspiring people. Like I prepare and wait for the Seminary-the priesthood- we must also wait for the Lord! Throughout Advent, we must Spiritually Stay Awake and Be Ready! And we accomplish this by Putting on Christ. For we are all Gods Sons and Daughters Baptized by the holy waters, and we are marked with Christ. Let us, today, tomorrow, the rest of advent and forever, put on Christ, and become more Christ like!!!



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