Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year. Advent precedes Christmas because we reflect on the coming of the Lord. While Christmas celebrates His first coming, we await His coming again in glory.
Have you ever really considered the day when Christ returns? Will it be a joyous occasion, or a truly frightening one? I suspect it may be a mixture of the two. Perhaps more one than another depending on your state of grace when it happens. That's why we have Advent - anticipating Christ's return.
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 21, Jesus says, "People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world." The signs accompanying His return may indeed be frightful. But if we're ready spiritually, we should have nothing to fear.
Father, we know that a scary moment awaits when your Son returns. Help us to always be prepared for what we know is going to come to pass. Amen.