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Each year our Church reminds us that we should live in this world with open eyes in the awaiting of the return of the Lord Jesus. Unlike the people of the time of Noah who lived in total insouciance, eating and drinking, selling and buying, enjoying life and making merry until they day they were surpriseed by the flood, it would not be good for our eternal salvation to dig ourselves in what we do without thinking about our future.

That future is part of the promise made to us by the Lord Jessus, namely that one day he will come again. It is that promise that nourishes our Faith, sustains our life and gives motivation to hope for the best in the midst of uncertainties and difficculties of the present life.

The time of Advent we have started has a twofold goals: on the one hand, it aims at preparing us for the Feast of the remembrance of the first coming of Jesus we call Christmas and, on the other hand, at pointing us in the direction of his second coming we are hoping for.

This period of Advent is a time of expectancy, where hearts and minds, body and souls, are directed forward to the return of the Lord. But, as we do not know the hour, the date and the circumstances of his return, we have to wait for him with eagerness, vigilance and preparedness. That is why Advent draws our attention to the fact that on earth, we are sojourners and only heaven, where the Lords Jesus lives in glory of the Father, is our true home.

Therefore, we have to prepare ourselves spiritually and continually to this great event of his return that will sanction our life. Because we live in a world in which there is a lot of distraction, we should not become slack, weary and sleepy so that we are surprised by the return of the Lord. It is, then, our duty to stay awake and be ready to welcome the Lord when he comes again.


Happy Advent to every one!


Rev. Felicien I. Mbala, PhD. STD


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