[Jesus said:] 25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
34“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Wake Up People of God!
Quotes from the sermon:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German, Lutheran Pastor, writing from Nazi prison in 1943:
“Life in a prison cell reminds me a great deal of Advent - one waits, and hopes, and potters about, but in the end what we do is of little consequence, for the door is shut and can only by opened from the outside (Kellermann, 137).”
Alfred Delp, a German, Jesuit Priest and Nazi prison, wrote a series of Advent meditations:
“Advent is a time for rousing. Human beings are shaken to the very depths, so that they may wake up to the truth of themselves. The primary condition for a fruitful and rewarding Advent is renunciation, surrender… A shattering awakening, that is the necessary preliminary. Life only begins when the whole framework is shaken (Kellermann, 137).”
Quotations cited by Wylie-Kellermann, Bill, Seasons of Faith and Conscience: Explorations of Liturgical Direct Action, Wipf and Stock, 2008