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Advent is Here - Are You Awake?

Advent: the four Sundays before Christmas when we prepare and open our hearts for Christ's birth in the world. The readings at Mass this first weekend encourage us to Wake Up, Stay Awake, Rejoice and Walk in the Light of the Lord!  Isaiah prophesies a vision of "end times," not a bleak time of chaos, rather an opportunity for the world to be transformed for good. An end time in which we receive instruction and Wisdom from God that brings about peace between the nations, peace within all peoples. Psalm 122 calls us to go Rejoicing, while in Romans, St. Paul reminds us that when we know Christ, we are changed forever. Everything we learn brings us closer to Him and we cannot go back to being who we were before. We are excited by this message, because the time is now ; we must awaken from our sleep, rouse our drowsy hearts, throw off the darkness, and shine in the light and peace of the world. Yes Finally, Matthew's gospel recounts Jesus' own words comm