(First Sunday of Advent)
Sunday, November 27, 2016.

While our world struggles with injustice and inequalities, many of us appear to be submerged in the sleep of indifference. Unto this world, God will come “at an hour you do not expect ” (Matthew 24:44); an hour we do not expect because we are asleep.
People are carried away by the splendor of the irrelevant and the routine of nothingness; dazzled by the excesses of materialistic living; trapped in the exploitation of man by man and the destruction of one another. They will not know until the flood comes and carries them all away (Matthew 24:39).
To be awake means to be able to remove the layers of darkness and indifference that prevent us from seeing the evil prevalent in our world.
– We must remove the false values and ideals from our hearts and minds that make us believe peace is achieved through war, that the common good is achieved through the accumulation of wealth in the hands of few, and that the life of a person is enhanced by the death of another.
– We must remove obstacles such as our own self-interests, self-centeredness and cowardice that prevent us from advocating for the well-being of humanity.
– We must “throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).

(By Jesús A. Diez canseco)