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Once again we begin the season of Advent, this time of preparation for Christ’s coming into the world on Christmas morning.  But this is not the only arrival of Christ for which we can prepare.  He comes into our hearts at any time in any way.  He comes to us in the Eucharist.  We hope to be welcomed into his arms when we leave this world.  Finally, he will come again at the end of time.  As we gather in his name today, let us contemplate how we can prepare to receive Christ even whe we least expect him.

 Our little good deeds will be the Gospel that we

will be preaching to the world. 

 With God’s grace, continue in them till our time is done.

Quick excerpts from life of St. Francis of Assisi:  One day, St. Francis asked one of his brothers to come with him the next day to the town of Assisi to preach the Gospel. The brother was very happy about it. The next day morning, St. Francis and the Brother left their Convent and walked to Assisi. There St. Francis walked through all the streets of Assisi, talking friendly with them, cheering the sad people, visiting the sick, playing with the children, visiting the jail, and giving words of encouragement for everyone. When evening came, the Brother started wondering when they would start preaching the Gospel to the people. At sunset, Francis told the brother, “Now my Brother, let us go home and thank God for the day and the good He allowed us do to the people”. In disappointment, Brother said: “But, Brother Francis, when shall we begin preaching? We haven’t started yet!” Francis replied, “Dear Brother, if what we did today was not preaching the Gospel, tell me what was it? Example, brother, example is what we have to give to the people, not just plain beautiful words!”

Living by example is the best preaching. Our Gospel calls for the best preaching till our time is done; The first and second readings tells us to invoke God’s grace to do the best preaching.


Gospel: Mark 13:33-37

“Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!​”

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!  You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad.  He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.  

Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”