Advent Message: Be vigilant

The season of Advent has two purposes — first, Advent is the time of preparation to celebrate Christmas, by which we are reminded of Jesus’ first coming into the world. Second, this Advent season is also an opportunity for us to be reminded of Jesus’ second coming.

Nov 25, 2022


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

Christ the King Sunday is the culmination of Year C of the Liturgical Calendar in our Church. On November 27, 2022 we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent.

The season of Advent has two purposes — first, Advent is the time of preparation to celebrate Christmas, by which we are reminded of Jesus’ first coming into the world. Second, this Advent season is also an opportunity for us to be reminded of Jesus’ second coming.

Thus Advent is an opportunity for mercy and for us to understand and express our faith, hope and love for Jesus.

We are grateful that this Advent season provides us with a good opportunity to take time to reunite ourselves with Jesus who is Emmanuel, “God is with us” (Mt. 1:23), often ignored or forgotten because of our busy daily activities.

This time of Advent is a good opportunity for us to express our gratitude for God’s intervention and presence in our midst (John. 1:14).

Brothers and Sisters, today’s virtual world, brought on by the tide of technological advances, takes up so much of our time that we become inattentive and have no time for God, our neighbours or His creation. Therefore, this Advent, let us adopt a new attitude — to ‘be vigilant.’

Let us be a people who ‘walk together’, aware and proud of our Christian identity, committed to our mission of witnessing for Christ and confident in our life’s destination guaranteed by Jesus, “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John. 14:6).

As members of the Church, we are sent to serve God’s Kingdom wherever it is so that peace, love and justice rule our lives. Each of us is called to be responsible for the welfare of our fellow humans and for God’s creation, but without God’s presence in us, our families and our society, we will not be able to move forward.

Brothers and sisters, let us take the blessedness of Advent to prepare, personally and together as a family, community, BEC, Zone and Parish, to give a place for Jesus in our hearts because only He is the expression of God’s love and that should be the source, reason and purpose of the Christmas celebration we are looking forward to. Blessed Advent

+Bishop Datuk Cornelius Piong
Diocese of Keningau
November 15, 2022

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