December 1, 2019 – Ruminations by Fr. Pat

Meaning “Coming Near,” Advent is the time that we await the Coming of the Lord. It is a time of preparation, where we prepare our bodies, minds and souls for Jesus’ arrival.

A question for you to think about: “How are you preparing for the Coming of the Lord?” Are we waiting for Jesus, or are we just waiting for the secular side of Christmas? How about the religious side of Christmas? Let’s go one step further; are we preparing for the Second Coming of Christ, with the end of the world as we know it?

If we were left to our own devices, there would be many things that we would forget about. Just because of human nature, we would not be as vigilant about things that may happen in the future, let alone things that happen now. This is one of the reasons we have the Church calendar, the Liturgical Year. Different parts of the Year focus on different aspects that deal with Salvation.

Advent is one such aspect. Its purpose is to remind us to prepare – to prepare ourselves for the Second Coming, and once having achieved that dimension, to prepare for the First Coming of Christ at Christmas. It is not about counting days; it’s about preparing for an encounter with the Lord. Regular calendar days are used only because we think that way. Don’t think about the Season as a Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Those days come and go. Advent is about something permanent. God doesn’t want you for a day or a period of time; He wants us for ever and beyond. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world – so that we can be happy with Him in the next.

In our Prayer, are we ready to receive the Lord, possibly physically, in our lives? Can we live with Him being part and parcel of our everyday living? Advent is the time in our lives where we are asked to think about this display of Faith. It is the time of the year that we are to reevaluate our degree of closeness with the Lord. Once we can accept what the Lord has to offer, then we can look at what His Birth is all about and focus on how he has already affected our lives. If we cannot accept what He truly has to offer, how can we accept the Grace when it is given?

Maranatha! Come Lord, come!

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