Vol: 46, No.1 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( C) December 02 2018  
Lord’s coming. Finally, the motive of Christian living is to please God by doing his will. The Thessalonians are already doing this, and so Paul’s purpose here is simply to encourage them to continue doing what they are already doing.
The theme of the return of the Son of Man continues in the Gospel as well. The language and style of this discourse is clearly apocalyptic. Apocalyptic literature was prevalent at the time of Jesus. Book of Daniel in the Old Testament and Book of Revelation in the New Testament are examples of apocalyptic literature. But the message is clear: Christians should be prepared to face any challenge and should live their lives with vigilance.
Christian lives should not be characterized by dissipation, drunkenness and the cares of this world which make us dull. What is needed is prayer and alertness. Those who remain alert in prayer have nothing to fear from the coming of the Son of Man. For them there is no distress or confusion. For them it is a time of liberation. This is a sound advice because Christians face persecutions and troubles at all times. Even in our modern and enlightened times Christians are not free from persecutions. In the vast Asian continent they are persecuted because they are a minority. Hence, Jesus’ advice to his disciples is ever valid.
– AK
* This volume of the Sunday Liturgy comes to you with a difference. The difference is in the Liturgy and Life reflections on the fourth page. The Liturgy and Life reflections were largely based on the Liturgy of the Word, but all the readings were not getting equal treatment. For example, the Second Readings from the New Testament epistolary corpus were largely left out from the reflections. The importance of Paul’s writings for the formation Christian faith and character cannot be undervalued. Hence for this edition and probably for the next two editions as well, all the Readings will be covered.The explanations are pure and simple and to the point. The explanations have titles which will orient the reader to towards the Biblical Readings. It is hoped that the reader will be able to make his/her own application after having read the explanations. In the Penitential Rite I have tried to integrate the main theme of the Readings. – AK (Kanachikuzhy@yahoo.com)
December 2018 (1st Week of Advent, Year I) Psalter Week 1
03 Mon (W) ST FRANCIS XAVIER, Solemnity, Patron of India,
Jer 1:4-8/ Ps 71:2-6, 15, 17/ 2 Cor 4:7-15/Lk 10:1-16
04 Tue (V) St John of Damascus, Isa 11:1-10/ Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17/ Lk 10:21-24
05 Wed (V) Isa 25:6-10/ Ps 23:1-6/ Mt 15:29-37
06 Thu (V) St Nicholas, Isa 26:1-6/ Ps 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27/ Mt 7:21, 24-27
07 Fri (W) St Ambrose, Isa 29:17-24/ Ps 27:14, 13-14/ Mt 9:27-31
Gen 3:9-15, 20/ Ps 98:1-4/ Eph 1:3-6,11-12/ Lk 1:26-38
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