6 December, Sunday — Time to Contemplate

Isa 40:1-5,9-11
2 Pet 3:8-14
Mk 1:1-8

…do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.

I always felt that complacency was something that others would go through, but the events of the year of 2020 made me realise how subtly it had crept into my life.

My entire life went through an upheaval as COVID-19 disrupted the usual way which I worked and even the ability to go to church. Never would I have imagined that a time would come where a dispensation from the Sunday obligation would be given. This situation made me realise how much I took the Church and every thing in my life for granted.

The Gospel of today reminds all of us that repentance is an important aspect of our spiritual lives. We will need to turn back towards God and always remember that He may call us to receive our eternal reward some time soon. This is actually not as distant as it seems, as we now see a lot of people who are separated from their loved ones, and may even have seen them succumb to illness. Whenever I read of these episodes, I do wonder how the living members must have felt in the process.

The season of Advent allows us to discover what it means to be in a period of prayerful reflection. The Church has given us this beautiful season to allow us to discover what it means to be Christian — for us to search our souls to realise that the struggles we face in our lives are meant to be offered to God. Advent has often been overshadowed by  commercialisation through events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It might be meaningful for us to find a few hours to set aside work and all distractions and ask God to speak to us.

As we enter into the second week of Advent, let us remember that Jesus invites us to renew and deepen the relationship with Him so that we can joyfully welcome Him this Christmas.

(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Jesus, let us answer the call to repentance.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who remind us of the fragility of life.

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