The Holy Season of Advent symbolises the need to be ready for the two fold coming of Jesus. Jesus’ coming in humility 2,000 years ago and His glorious Second Coming (The Parousia). The collect for the day sums up these two comings. This beautiful and moving prayer was written specifically for the The Book of Common Prayer (1549) by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is addressed to the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and the themes reflected in the epistle and the Gospel, cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, and Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead
We need to be ready when He comes, found doing our duty faithfully. The following story is self explanatory–It’s the story of Colonel Davenport, Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives back in 1789. One day, while the House was in session, the sky of Hartford suddenly grew dark and gloomy. Some of the representatives looked out the windows and thought this was a sign that the end of the world had come. An uproar ensued with the representatives calling for immediate adjournment. But Davenport rose and said, �Gentlemen, the Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. Therefore, I wish that candles be brought.� Candles were brought and the session continued.
We need to be vigilant but avoid being paranoid or complacent. This is a period of reconciliation with God and neighbor, penance and preparation for His Coming. Will the Son of Man find enough faithfulness in us when He comes?

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