Did anyone else notice that all of the Sunday readings throughout November focused on a call to action? God doesn't want us to be passive in our relationship with Him. He wants us to live active lives doing all things for Him. He has given us the talents and he wants us to do something with them for Him.
And doing for Him also means doing for others.
In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus gave us a very simple formula for the Law of Love in the Greatest Commandment.
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him,
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
From Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus tells a parable that cautions us to be prepared and stay awake as we wait for him. A week later we heard another parable from Matthew 25:14-30 about using talents to increase their return. Like the servants, our talents are gifts on loan from God and we have a responsibility to use these gifts, to develop them and see what they yield. Like the master in the parable, God will come without notice to claim the return and give you a new talent.
The Sunday before Advent started, we celebrated Christ the King, the end of our Liturgical Year, with the Gospel reading from Matthew that defines Corporal Works of Mercy, outlining the very action God asks from us out of our Love for Him and one another.
Advent opened this week with another call to action when, in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!
Jesus isn't asking us to wait quietly, passively, but with action. Be alert. Be aware. Be prepared!