Rediscovering the wonder of childhood

First Sunday of Advent, based on Matthew 24:37–44

Jesus said to his disciples: “For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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  1. Vivian,
    I loved your reflection this morning and connected easily with the tension within of the child tugging away the cynicism of the old woman. A most pleasant tension, I may add! Your reminder of the bubbling freshness of Advent with its new beginnings and the excitement of Christmas peeping over a not too distant hill, was enough this morning to get me going with a light step in the direction of Blackrock and the funeral of one of our Sisters, Moyà Curran, a ninety year old, who never lost the wonder of a child.
    Sincere thanks, Vivian and may the Lord bless all your comings and goings.
    Maeve Mc Mahon O.P.

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