Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year. Happy New Year!
We begin the year (the season of Advent) by preparing for what is to come. In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 24 we hear Jesus say, "Stay awake!" And in the second reading from Romans 13, St. Paul says, "For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand."
Every day that passes is one day closer to our end - whatever that may be. Either we will die, or the Lord will return. One of those things is going to happen. The message of Advent is to be prepared for that day. Who knows, it could be today.
Father, help us to always remember that the day is at hand, and that we should conduct ourselves accordingly. Amen.