As I continue to reflect upon the Gospel last Sunday which marked the beginning of the Advent season, my attention was called by the word “Watch”! What does it mean for me as I really prepare myself for the coming of the Messiah? As I revisit the Gospel last Sunday these are my realizations:
- To be watchful means joyous expectation for the coming of Messiah. But how I may be able to attain a joyous expectation when I am full of conflicts and personal issues in my life? It is only through conversion that a joyous expectation is possible for the coming of Messiah. Conversion is not only all about changing our bad habits, but it is also about wearing the cloak of newness into our lives in order for us to attain the totality of change. Once we attain the new form of our lives, Jesus assures us through these words; “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (Luke 10:23-24)
- To be watchful means to embrace light. Advent season calls each and every one of us to be aware of the importance of recognizing the value of light that gives a clear vision for our life’s journey. When there’s light, there will be no more darkness, sadness, and fear which are the three hindrances for recognizing our goodness and uniqueness. Light symbolizes the new hope and the new beginning for us. It shuns blindness and darkness, but it does not disregard the struggles we endure because it believes that in every person’s struggles for change sheds light and shares light. Hence, the Advent season regards the fact that embracing the light of Christ will always be forever a sole reason for changing our hearts and casting out the dark nights of our souls.
- To be watchful means to have courage. Facing our own dirt in life does not mean being passive about. It takes a lot of courage in order for us to accept the fact that we cannot be renewed and redeemed without God. Courage adds color to what it means to be well-prepared in the coming of the Word made Flesh. It does not boast to the weak, rather it stays humble to face the misfortunes of life. Another thing that we should also consider as we prepare ourselves for the Christmas courageously is the fact that courage develops into our lives the significance of vigilance and alertness. Change will never be a starting point in our life’s journey if there’s no courage and we do not give our best shot to cast out all our fears in life. So, in this season of Advent, each and every one of us is called to be courageous expectators of the coming of Messiah which aims to be joyful and embrace the light that brings a leap of faith for our restless hearts.