First Sunday of Advent

What are we awaiting this Advent?  Why are we to be alert?  Every three years, this reading begins our liturgical year, challenging us to prepare the coming of Christ.  Until the flood came, people continued going about their lives as usual.  Only Noah’s family was saved.  At the Second Coming, those who have been alert to the Lord in their lives will be taken.  Those who have fallen asleep to God’s desires will be left.  With Advent hope, we use this liturgical season to turn our hearts to the Lord.