Advent reminds us that as we look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promised day, we actively watch, eagerly work, and patiently wait.
Meaning of Advent: During Advent, we eagerly anticipate the fulfillment of biblical promises. With hope in Christ’s first coming, we anticipate the fulfillment of God’s promised day.
Matthew 24 urges us to stay alert and watchful. While waiting for God’s promises, we actively live our lives, loving and serving others – the least of these, while keeping an eye out for God’s promised day that’s yet to come, that future day of fulfillment.
36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. 37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so, too, will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken, and one will be left. 42 Keep awake, therefore, for you do not know on what day[b] your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.