Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
We begin our Advent season of preparation this weekend. In our gospel today, Jesus urges us not to allow our hearts to become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness or the anxieties of daily life. Rather, he says, we need to remain vigilant and pray for the strength to deal with all the trials that lay ahead of us.
Jesus did not believe or teach that the life that we are living now is just a dream from which we need to awaken. However, Jesus wanted to make us aware that we cannot just go through life blind to the spiritual reality that is an abiding aspect of our existence.
Even in this life, with all its suffering and distractions, we must be awake to the fact that there is something more than meets the eye−something that makes all the suffering and struggles in this life meaningful and purposeful.
In his preaching and in his miraculous works of healing and power, Jesus pointed toward a future that was attested to by the prophets. The Prophet Jeremiah spoke of a future time when God would raise up a descendent of King David. That descendant would restore a right order to creation. That descendent of David is Jesus, our Messiah. He announced that God’s kingdom was coming into our world.
This is the reality that Jesus calls us to awaken to! God’s Kingdom is breaking into our world, and we don’t know when it will come in all its fulness, but it is coming, and Jesus does not want us to be caught unaware!
Let us take the advice that is given to us today to Wake up! Be more aware of God’s great plan for us and make a little extra effort to grow in love. For our salvation is nearer now than it was on the day that we first came to believe!
God bless you all!