This weekend the Church starts a new liturgical year — the season of Advent begins. Advent is described as a time of “waiting”. We are invited to wait in anticipation and hope for the great promise that God will act in our lives and in our world, the promise so aptly described by the prophet Jeremiah in the first reading.

However, Advent is about more. It is supposed to confront us and remind us of what is really important. It invites us to step back, take timeout, and get in touch with the deep longings and desires that reside in us. It invites us to search our hearts and become aware of the things we anticipate and hope for — in our own lives and in the world.

St Paul, in this weekend’s second reading from his letter to the Thessalonians, reminds us about what should be at the centre of our lives. Advent is a good time to renew what we have, perhaps, lost in the busyness of our lives. Paul writes:

Brothers and sisters: May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the Scriptures for the First Sunday of Advent.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.

Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36.

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