Christmas is about God’s love and the Good News, God has sent his son to save us.
The call to be vigilant is always present in the Gospel we read during the first Sunday of Advent.
To be vigilant or to watch out means that we must not allow ourselves to be superficial or distracted, but to be conscious of the kind of life we are leading and show concern above all for others.
Advent is a time given to us to welcome baby Jesus, who comes to meet us as God made man. We are also invited to look ahead and prepare ourselves for the return of Christ.
Christ will return again at Christmas, when we remember how he came to us born in humble human conditions. But Christ also comes to us every time we are ready to receive him.
We must always be watchful and alert to Christ’s presence with the hope of meeting him.
God shows us the right path of faith and love, but we are tempted to look for our happiness somewhere else.
We are invited in Advent to stop walking along paths that take us away from God, when we are lost in our sins and in our infidelity to the Lord.
May Mary, the model of vigilant expectation, guide us to an encounter with her son Jesus at the same time stimulating our love for him.