In the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Advent this year, Jesus tells us, "Watch!" This is difficult for most of us for whom--if we're honest--preparation for Christmas often feels more like a project than anything else. While getting ready to celebrate Christmas isn't a bad thing, we may miss what Jesus and His Church want to point out to us in the coming days, namely:
- that we should watch for His coming now, in our everyday lives,
- that we ought to prepare "in joyful hope" to meet Him at the end of our lives, and
- that we're waiting for His triumphant return and the end of all things.