Happy New Year everyone! We start the liturgical calendar anew this evening, and we are in Year C, which has some of the most creative and stimulating combinations of lectionary readings.
We just concluded the liturgical calendar by reading largely from the prophet Daniel and Our Lord’s eschatological discourse from the Gospel of Luke. We spent a good deal of time meditating on the second coming of Our Lord, the end of history, and the final judgment. We now make a smooth segue into Advent, because the first week of this liturgical season is given over to contemplating the second coming, as well. The second week of Advent will move into the “John the Baptist” stage of the season, where we meditate on John as the introductory and transitional figure between the Old and the New Testaments.
But for now, we are thinking about the return of Christ and the final judgment. This Sunday’s Readings continue to present to us Jesus as the King, the Son of David and Son of God, who will come to bring human history to its conclusion. We are exhorted to stay sober and alert while awaiting him.
1. Reading 1 Jer 33:14-16: