As we enter a new Liturgical Year in our celebration of the first Sunday of Advent, let us take time to once again reflect on who Jesus is for us. I think it is good to be reminded that the baby Jesus born in Bethlehem on a cold night more than two thousand years ago is the same Jesus who suffered and gave up his life for us so that we may be freed from sin and death.
Let us not be carried away by the joys and cheers of the secular celebration of the Christmas season that we forget the reason why Jesus Christ came – He came to save us and He will come again to take all the faithful to himself and bring them to heaven. And that is what Advent is all about, our preparation for His second coming. It might be good to think of how we are preparing.
While it is good to spend some time secularly preparing for our Christmas celebrations (shopping for gifts, decorating the house, planning Christmas parties, planning the Christmas meal, etc.) let us be reminded that Christmas is primarily not a celebration of the secular world – it is a celebration of those who have faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. With that, we have to prepare our souls not just for the birthday of Jesus but for His second coming.
As we go through this Advent season, let us persevere in the practice of our faith. It is only in doing that, that we can truly prepare for our Lord’s coming again in glory.
We are blessed because we have this season of Advent as an annual reminder that as we live our lives according to our faith, we’re preparing for our Lord’s coming again which will mark the beginning of our life with Him for eternity. I hope that when that time comes, we are truly prepared.
May God bless us all with a fruitful and meaningful Advent Season.
In Christ, Fr. Maro