A New Beginning
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
A New Beginning
The new Liturgical Year begins today. It is the Christians’ New Year. Today is the day for making our New Years’ resolutions. God has seen us safely through the last year. He overlooked our ignorance and our sinfulness. God is giving us another lease of life – a chance to change – a break to renew and reflect his image and likeness – to exhibit his virtues, values and virtues. God is a God of seventy-seven chances. Do not gamble with the time allotted to us.
Advent offers us a wonderful occasion. It offers us a glorious privilege to renew our trust in God. God’s loving concerns towards us would never permit him to remain hidden in the heavens. God purposefully assumed our human nature; he willfully endured all our human conditions only that he might stand in complete solidarity with us in our struggles with temptations and against sin. God is determined to reconcile humankind to himself with utmost compassion and love.
God is not vindictive. Despite our sinfulness. God will never betray his children. His anger is always brief and his love endures forever (Ps.30:5). Jesus’s first coming is a bold testimony of God loves for the world and God’s willingness to stand in solidarity with humankind (Jn.3:16-17), at a cost to himself (Rom.5:8). From the fall of Adam through the defiance of Israel God, until now, remains resolute in his purpose to draw us “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 (Is.2:3). God has never wavered in his plan to make us the new Israel of God and to teach us how to walk in the light of the Lord (Is.2:5). Indeed, God is great and merciful.
Christ is our first advocate. He is our light, our Way, and our Truth. God sent him to transfer us from the kingdom of darkness and bring us with him into his kingdom of light and glory. Despite our prodigal ways, God will never leave us in the pigsty. He is determined should be his heirs and coheirs with Christ.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus recalls with his disciples the tragedies of the recklessness and inattentiveness of the days of Noah. Simultaneously, Jesus reminded his disciples, history repeats itself when people do not turn away from their evil ways. Historically, socially, politically, and religiously, over the last decade or so, there has been a rapid decline in spirituality. People are thoughtlessly returning to the days of Noah. People are wild, absentminded, and callous in their approach to sin.
A new Advent season is upon us. God is offering us a new prospect for conversion. If only we would recognise and accept Christ as our saviour, he would enlighten our way and guide us back the Father’s house in peace and integrity (2Chr.7:14). Friends, let us rise from our darkness. Let us do as St. Paul recommended, “Let us give up all the things we prefer to do under the cover of darkness; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light.” No more orgies, no more promiscuity, no more licentiousness, wrangling and jealousy. Let Christ be our armour (Rom.13:11-14). Please, let us use this second chance, wisely.
O God, open my eyes to the wonders of your love and mercy.