Scripture Reflections for the First Sunday of Advent

Year A, Lectionary 1

Hate feeling lost on Sundays at church? Searching for a better explanation of the Bible than what you hear from your pastor's sermon? Check out the following collection of audio, video, and text commentaries from various Christian experts for a better understanding of today's scripture that deal with: AdamAdventBaptismComingCommunityCreationDeathDivisionFaithFamilyFocusGatherHopeIncarnationJohn the BaptistJudgmentLightLoveMountainNoahNonviolencePrayerPreparePriorityProphetRecognizeRepentRespondRevelationSlothWaitWisdomWorship

Psalm 122:1-9
Romans 13:11-14

“the reality is we are engaged in a spiritual battle. Today, this day, you're going to encounter temptations, you're going to encounter tribulations, you're going to encounter trials and you need to have put on the armor of the light of Christ in order to engage in that spiritual battle.”

"Armor of Light" | Brant Pitre |
Matthew 24:37-44

“The Lord would want us to prepare not for presents but for the presence, the presence of Christ”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“What Jesus is referring to in this passage is his second coming at the end of time. He's referring to the final judgment, not to a secret rapture of true believers.”

"Rapture in the Bible" | Brant Pitre |

“Advent summons us to be awake today, to be awake to this present moment, to what God is saying to us here and now”

"Stay Awake!" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |
Overall Readings

“Is our relationship with God so shallow that 'close enough' is sufficient?”

Fr. Oscar Pratt |

“Advent is a time of waiting...and I say Advent is the most counter-cultural season of the year”

"I Don't Like Waiting" | Fr. Stephen Thorne |

“The season of Advent comes to wake us up. To remind us of the fact that we do not have all the time in the world and that it can happen now for us to lose all that we have now. So make the best of all that you have”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“Today's readings, like our Advent candles, invite us into a sacred time. First they heed us to take notice, then they encourage us to stay awake, and finally they advise us to be prepared.”

Teresa Maya, CCVI |

“many things give me hope this Advent. I really believe that we as a human family are marching, maybe slowly, but we're still marching toward this second coming of Christ by engaging in works of peace, justice and mercy.”

Jeannine Gramick, SL |

“The readings for the first Sunday of Advent calls us to walk in the light, calls us to wake up and see what's going on around us, to recognize how we are living false lies. Lies that divide us against one another rather than unite us”

Jamie T. Phelps, O.P. |

“We all know that Christ the King will triumphantly return at the end of the world but make no mistake he's trying to enter into our lives each and every day like a thief in the night”

Fr. Tony Ricard |