1st Sun Advent B
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
While this Gospel tells us to be alert to the final coming of Jesus, it actually directs us back into the midst of the ordinary life to which we have been called. The ‘religious’ character of our lives is determined not by what practices we do but rather by what attentiveness we bring our life’s work. For most of us this is not something outstanding or heroic. Being a parent, earning one’s living honestly, being a good citizen and member of society, caring for family are paths to holiness. Some of us may feel that our lives don’t add up to much but it worthwhile to remember the words of John Henry Newman
_ God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work… Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am._
It takes great daily courage to take these words to heart but when we do our lives, our often very humble lives, attain a meaning and depth that cannot come from human sources. When we trust the plan that God has for our lives, the grace of the Spirit opens our eyes to infinite vistas in the confined spaces of our daily life.