The First Sunday of Advent – Year A

Posté par diaconos le 27 novembre 2022

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What will happen in the days of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the days of Noah. People ate, drank and married until the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and they all died. It will also be as in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day Lot went out of Sodom, God rained fire and brimstone from heaven, which killed them all; so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

On that day, he who is on his terrace and has his things in his house, let him not go down to take them away; and likewise he who is in his field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. He who seeks to preserve his life will lose it. And whoever loses his life will save it. I tell you, that night two people will be in the same bed: one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together: one will be taken, the other left. The disciples asked him, « Where then, Lord? He answered, « Wherever there is a body, there will the vultures gather. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it. And he who loses it will save it. (Lk 17, 26-37)

From the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew

At that time Jesus said to his disciples, « As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days, before the flood, people ate and drank, took wives and husbands, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and swallowed them all up. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill : one will be taken, the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this well: if the master of the house had known at what time of night the thief would come, he would have kept watch and would not have let the wall of his house be breached. Be ready, then, even you: in an hour when you think nothing of it, the Son of Man will come. (Mt 24, 37-44)

Behaviour of the people of Lot

The people of Lot bought, sold, planted and built. It was with the same short-sightedness that the supreme aspiration of many was reduced to their own temporal physical life and, as a result, all their efforts were directed towards preserving, protecting and enriching this life. Jesus wanted to denounce this fragmentary conception of life that mutilates human beings and leads them to frustration. He did so with a serious and sharp sentence, capable of stirring consciences and forcing them to ask themselves fundamental questions : « Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it. And whoever loses his life will save it » (Lk 17, 33).

Meditating on this teaching of Jesus, St Augustine said : « What can we say, then ? Will all those who do this, that is, who marry, plant vines and build, perish ? Not they, but those who presume on these things, who put these things before God, who are ready to offend God at once for such things. Who loses his life for wanting to keep it, if not the one who lives exclusively in the flesh, without letting the spirit shine through; or even more, the one who lives turned in on himself, completely forgetting others ?

It is obvious that life in the flesh must necessarily be lost, and that life in the spirit, if not shared, is weakened. All life, by itself, naturally tends towards growth, exuberance, frustration and reproduction. On the contrary, if it is enclosed and preserved for the purpose of jealously and exclusively possessing it, it withers, becomes sterile and dies. This is why all the saints, taking Jesus as their model, who lived intensely for God and for mankind, have generously given their lives in many ways to the service of God and their fellow men.

Deacon Michel Houyoux

Links to other Christian websites

◊ Father Hanly : klick here to read the paper →  1st Sunday of Advent, Year A – Father Hanly

◊ Young Catholics  : klick here to read the paper → 1st Sunday of Advent Year A (2022)

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