Sunday November 28, 1st Sunday Advent

Gospel of Luke 21:25-28,34-36

That day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.

‘Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.’

Thoughts on what a contemporary version of this Gospel might sound like.

Creation is alive with divinity. Look around and you will see signs of it everywhere.

Let truth permeate your very being. Relax into it and feel energised and confident as you tune  into the power hope offers.

Be alert to goodness – don’t let your hearts miss a beat of it.

Pray – Stay connected to the divine. 

Live fully! Awaken your hearts to the realities that tempt you away from receiving wonder, love and life.

Be alert and strengthened by being plugged in to the truth. 

Be poised for an ever deepening invitation into divine relationship with God and with each other, in our beautiful but troubled world.