1st Sunday of Advent, Year C: Gospel

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
   and on earth nations will be in dismay,
   perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
   in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
   for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
   coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
   stand erect and raise your heads
   because your redemption is at hand.

“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.
For that day will assault everyone
   who lives on the face of the earth.
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.”