December 2,2007 1st Sunday Advent Year A

Scripture: Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

Today we start our spiritual preparation for Jesus' birthday. What is your image of life? Is it dark, negative and pessimistic? Or one of an interesting journey that is full of warmth and light?
People with a dark image say. Life is just a round of 4 seasons, work day after day, short holidays at Obon and New Year, but then back to the endless cycle. It is all so tasteless and uninteresting. There seems to be so little joy in this revolving wheel!

Jesus and the Bible show us a very different image. In Isaich today we read: "Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord. Let us walk his path. He will show us the way.... let us walk in the light of the Lord".?The thinking behind this saying is, that we, as it were, meet God at the top of the mountain, and in his presence we feel that light of hope and peace.

So this week let us in prayer ask ourselves. Where do I need light? What darkness do I have in my heart? For example some dark corners needing the light of Jesus maybe: resentments, grudges, lack of forgiveness, or some addiction - to TV, the Internet, alcohol, drugs, or even a mobile phone, or buying things.

Having acknowledged your darkness (always in prayer - i.e. in God's loving presence) ask for the warmth and light that Jesus promises. This sense of waiting in hope is what the Church's season of Advent is about. We do not just wait in emptiness, we wait with the sure hope that God will show us the way.

"Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord." That is, approach Him in prayer. "He will show us the way" (this is our sure hope).

"Let us walk in the light of the Lord.