Today is the first Sunday of Advent, 2007 – cool.
Though your sings be like scarlet, they may become white as snow;
Though they may be crimson red, they may become white as wool.
Hope, yes hope for us all!.
Then the reading from the morning office (Romans 13:11-12):
It is now the hour for you to wake from sleep, for our salvation is closer than when we first accepted the faith. The night is far spent; the day draws near. Let us cast off deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Two things about these readings rock. First, there is hope for us all. But lest I get too comfortable and think about presuming on God’s mercy, the note of urgency in the second reading is there, moving like a (helpful!) 4×4 to the forehead to shake me into action.
For this Advent I am resolving to turn more to God, to wait with greater expectation, and to act when called.
O Lord, pour your grace into our hearts, and transform our will into yours.
Blessed Mother, pray for us.
Saint Michael, defend us in battle. St. Padre Pio, pray that we may learn how to pray. St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray that we will be open to the coming of a child, a child who will be the savior of us all.