First Sunday of Advent

Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14; 1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36/em>

Having taught at St. Francis Prep over the course of three decades, it’s nearly impossible to separate the Franciscan educator from who I am otherwise. In taking time with the readings for the first Sunday in Advent, I was immediately led to the perspective that our students must hope for in their teachers. In the first reading, we raise up a just shoot, do what is right and just, and be safe and dwell secure. The latter of course, takes on a profound weight given recent school violence. In the second reading, we’re asked to abound in love, and to conduct ourselves to please God. Finally, in the Gospel, Jesus asks us to, “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”We don’t teach reading, ‘righting, and ‘rithmetic. We teach children.

Rob Johnston
Pilgrim, St. Francis Prep