Advent: A time of vigilant waiting

Jesus said to his disciples: “…People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:25-28)

This week marks the beginning of Advent and the official start of our preparation for the birth of Christ. While Advent is a time to be with family, share gifts, and eat delicious food, it’s important to remind ourselves of what and who we are celebrating. Luke’s Gospel serves as a strong reminder of how we should prepare for Jesus’s birth by meditating on His coming at the end of time. Christ calls us to prepare for eternity by being vigilant, faithful to our call to holiness. Therefore, Advent should be a season of vigilant waiting that prepares us to experience the Mystery of the Incarnation on Christmas in a way that transforms our daily lives. Finally, let us be not afraid to “stand erect and raise our hands.” For it is in the manger, wrapped in swaddling clothing, surrounded by shepherds, that our redemption lies, in the eyes of a baby looking back at us with pure love.
-MJ Acevedo, (UMD, Catholic Terps President, Class of 2020)

Jesus said to his disciples: “…People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:25-28)

This week marks the beginning of Advent and the official start of our preparation for the birth of Christ. While Advent is a time to be with family, share gifts, and eat delicious food, it’s important to remind ourselves of what and who we are celebrating. Luke’s Gospel serves as a strong reminder of how we should prepare for Jesus’s birth by meditating on His coming at the end of time. Christ calls us to prepare for eternity by being vigilant, faithful to our call to holiness. Therefore, Advent should be a season of vigilant waiting that prepares us to experience the Mystery of the Incarnation on Christmas in a way that transforms our daily lives. Finally, let us be not afraid to “stand erect and raise our hands.” For it is in the manger, wrapped in swaddling clothing, surrounded by shepherds, that our redemption lies, in the eyes of a baby looking back at us with pure love.
-MJ Acevedo, (UMD, Catholic Terps President, Class of 2020)