Advent, 1st Sunday. Over Thanksgiving my brother thought he had plenty of time to pack, then he wasn't ready in time. Jesus warns us in today's Gospel that we need to stay ready for His coming: "Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap." What if the so-called "Mayan Prophecy" is true and the world really does end on December 21, 2012? You have 19 days left. Or, what if your death comes even sooner? What do you need to change to be ready for Christ? Do you need to forgive someone, or make a good Confession? Christ is coming soon; start packing. (2 Dec 2012)