Advent Alert

– Saturday 34th Week in Ordinary Time –

Be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap.”  [Luke 21:34-35]

Tomorrow we begin Advent – the season of waiting and preparing for the coming of the Christ child. So what is it that we are being warned not to miss? A few weeks back, I heard that there would be a blood moon from a lunar eclipse on the 8th of November. I thought yes, that would be worth seeing, but because I didn’t put it into my calendar or set my alarm, I woke the next day to discover that I had missed it. Yes, I could check out website photos, but I had lost the chance to experience the beauty of this astronomical event. 

Immersion in our day-to-day routines often prevents us from realising what is important in our lives. As parents, are we so concerned about creating a better lifestyle that we miss key moments in our children’s lives? As a church community, are we so focused on our own faith development that we neglect action to help those in need? As citizens, are we so concerned with the economy and our own finances that we lose sight of those without income or housing?   

It must have been surreal for Jesus teaching in the temple, knowing that his trial, suffering and death was about to take place. If like Mary MacKillop, we can be attentive and “believe in the whisperings of God in your own heart”, then we will be alert to what God asks of us. 


by Mike Humphrys

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