You know ‘the time’ has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon – let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.
The second reading of Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, reminds that as we approach the darkest days of the year the Church looks backwards for her inspiration in moving forwards. The dawn is a potent symbol for the season of Advent, a time of waiting for darkness to be dispelled, for the sun to rise and shadows to disappear.
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