Advent is the time when we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. There are two major orientations in this liturgical season: our preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus and our preparation for the celebration of his First Coming. In this first week, the Gospel invites us to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus at the End-time. During the other three Sundays of Advent, we are introduced to different people who helped prepare the way. This Gospel is an Advent Gospel because the word "Advent" means "coming." Christ the Lord is "coming" to give birth to a new world, born out of the ruins of an old world filled with "sin, death, and the devil." If we examine these "end time" phrases ("roaring seas", "heavens shaken", "sun, moon, and stars") we recognize them from the book of Genesis, when God turned "disorder" into an orderly creation. Today's Gospel tells us that just when everything has turned into "chaos," Christ the Lord, the Son of the Creator, will "come" with great power, and out of chaos will refashion a "new heaven and a new earth." Until this happens, we are to do three things: 1.) Do not "lose heart.". 2.) Do not let your "hearts cling" to unhealthy pleasures. And, 3.) Be "vigilant" and "always pray." In our congregations, we share our different ministries so that all member of the "household" are meaningfully occupied as they await Christ's return. We must be faithful and watchful because we will have to give an account to the Master when he comes.