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Gospel Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent 2011

posted Nov 24, 2011, 4:45 PM by Alberto dela Cruz


Advent is a liturgical season of the Church in time which orients the people of faith to the timeliness of eternity. 

The custom of a Jewish master not to let his servants aware of his return when he’s away speaks not only of the servants’ expected responsible stewardship but of the master’s deep and unrestricted sense of trust.  The healthy interplay between trust and responsibility connects in perfect communion those who are set apart by distance, positions, status and belief.   Prepared and responsible servants are affected neither by the master’s presence nor absence.   They are all performing and functioning responsibly at all times and so even over and after time.

Being trustful and responsible are reflections and characters of reality beyond.  They know no boundaries and limits.  They go beyond what the senses can perceive.  They are indeed matters of eternity but essential measure of how to live life at the present. 

Advent is the repeated beginning of our spiral spiritual journey with a good blend of time and eternity along the way.  The challenge that keeps us move ahead is the Master’s trust which empowers us to remain responsible in a timeless manner.

Advent is a season when the Master is not going but coming.  May we open wide the door of our souls to welcome Him who trusts us and makes us responsible both now and forever.  Amen.

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