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Gospel Reflection for December 3

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

December 3, 2017 — First Sunday of Advent
Mark 13:33-37
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? What happens when we die? For us Catholics, the answers are found in Jesus. But in the rush of life, we can forget this. Advent opens our eyes to Jesus, and to the fact that there are three “advents” or “comings” of Jesus. We reflect on them in the company of our Blessed Mother.

First, Advent recalls the past coming of Jesus, his birth at Bethlehem. Mary carried Jesus in her womb for nine months, then held him in her arms. Mary helps us discover the real meaning of Christmas as the birthday of Jesus.

Second, Advent shows how Jesus comes into our lives today. At Mass he speaks to us through Scripture, and he gives us his Real Presence in Holy Communion. Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, joins us more closely to her Son at every Mass.

Third, Advent encourages us to look forward to the future coming of Jesus at the moment of our death. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us always to be watchful because we don’t know the time of his coming. If we build our lives on his first and second coming, and trust in Mary’s loving intercession, we will be ready for the third.

Mary eagerly awaited Jesus’ coming at the first Christmas. She welcomed him every time he entered the door of their home in Nazareth. She awaited his coming at the end of her days on earth with hope and joy. Mary can help us celebrate Christmas with eager enthusiasm. She will show us how to welcome him every time he enters the door of our heart in Holy Communion. She will help us await his coming at the end of our days with confident hope. And so we say: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.”

Read last week's reflection.