Second Sunday of Advent (B)
Do we treasure time? How do we manage our time? Should time be taken away from us, what would happen to us? It’s probably the same as asking the question: if breath is taken away from us, what will happen to us?
We were born in time, we live in time, and we will die in time. Is time really important? Does time belong to us? If so, fine. If not, why is it that some think time is all theirs? Why is it that some make others suffer because they are not concerned about time? Why is it that people think time is so important for them, but disregard the importance of time for others? We know full well that time lost is lost forever and never regained.
Time is equivalent to opportunity. It is associated with potential. It is connected with anticipation and expectation. If we disregard the importance of time in any situation and condition, we lose lots of opportunity and potential, we lose all sense of anticipation and expectation for blessings, and we also lose any sense of wonder and awe. It can also be a matter of life or death.
In the second reading, St. Peter has admonitions for us regarding the importance of time given to us by God:
1. If God allow us to live a little longer, it is because He is patient with us and He does not want anyone to perish but to come to repentance and live. Every new day is a gift of the mercy from God. It is an opportunity to develop our talents. We saw in the Gospel a couple of Sundays ago that servants are rewarded for talents invested or developed and are punished or alienated for talents uselessly wasted. Every day is an opportunity to open our hearts to the service of others. It is another chance and occasion to come nearer to God. A new day is another privilege to receive Him in the Sacraments, to be united with Him in prayer and to be close to His people.
2. We should be persons conducting ourselves in holiness and devotion waiting for the coming of the day of the Lord. “Be holy as your heavenly Father is holy,” Jesus says. Everyday we pray the very prayer Jesus taught us: “Our Father…. hollowed be Thy name….” We pray that in our words and in our actions we will make God’s name holy. We promise that we will not put His name in vain. We declare that our relationships will always be in His name, and whatever we do we offer everything to Him for the glory of His Name.
We also pray: “Thy Kingdom come….” We pray that He reigns in our hearts now, in our community and in the life to come. We know that without God, our world will be a place without hope. Without God our words are empty and our actions meaningless. Without God our plans are only selfish endeavors and proud attempts to show that we can do something by our own capacities, as we use our talents only for our own interests and whims. Yet, only with Him and in His people can we find the joy and peace of being His children and heirs of His Kingdom
3. Let us always be eager to be found spotless or without blemish before the Lord. Self-centeredness is the beginning of pride. It points out to a person that he is always right, that he is better than everyone else, and that he has always the right to be heard and therefore has the right to talk. Sure enough he can talk for hours. To remedy this situation, that person has to learn to think of and listen to others. To listen can start the process of forgiveness; and to forgive is to end that pride in oneself. Then only will there be quiet and joy in his heart.
Jesus focused His life on the will of God the Father, and on the salvation of all. Now He nourishes us at this Eucharistic Banquet to strengthen us and guide us on the way to the Father. Let us be faithful to our Lord and King. Let us ask Mother Mary and St. Michael the Archangel to help us make this Advent season a special time of grace to make good use of the time God gives us, and to welcome Him in our hearts, in our daily endeavors and in our relationships. God does not fail those who honestly seek Him in all ways and abide by His commands.