Spiritual Vigilance

The Advent season is upon us, readers! Good Lord, is the year almost over already? It’s been so busy behind the scenes here that it is hard to believe we have all come this far so fast!

As we begin this period of waiting for the coming of the Lord on December 25, this reflection from Voyage Comics and Publishing’s blog seems timely:

‘The Dragonriders of Pern’ and the Advent command to remain vigilant

Fantasy / By Thomas J. Salerno / 4 minutes of reading

“The day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, ‘Peace and security,’ then sudden disaster comes upon them.” (1 Thess. 5:2-3)

As the final weeks of the Liturgical Year transition into the first days of Advent, the readings for the Mass become more and more Apocalyptic – that is, they begin preparing us for the celebration of Our Lord’s birth at Christmas, and also for his Second Coming at the end of time. The above Scripture passage comes from the second reading for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. In his first letter to the Church at Thessalonica in Greece, St. Paul is exhorting his audience to remain vigilant, for the “Day of the Lord” could come at any time. It was widely believed among the first Christians that the Second Coming of Christ would occur very soon, within their own lifetimes, so they were anxious not to be caught unawares. As I was listening to this reading at Mass, I was struck by the contrast between the attitude of watchfulness of the early Christians and the apathy and indifference shown by the fictional Pernese people in the science-fantasy novel Dragonflight.

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