My dear Friends,
Happy New Year! – yes, the Church year begins today with the season of Advent, the four Sundays prior to Christmas.
Advent is the spiritual preparation time for the celebration of Christmas. We are very familiar with a host of other things we do before Christmas – cards, Christmas letters, shopping for gifts, planning vacation days, decorating trees, walking the malls to admire the decorations and of course stocking up with everything we need for the Christmas dinner.
Our cue for our spiritual preparation comes from John the Baptist. He is highlighted in two of the Advent Sunday Gospels. He encourages his listeners to prepare for the coming of the Lord. His words and encouragement are a perfect fit for us too as we prepare, not just for the birthday of the Lord but also for a renewal and deepening of our relationship with Him.
So in the midst of the rush of Christmas be sure to pay attention to the spiritual preparation. Families can set up their crib scene and gather there for times of prayer. We can all make quiet time to reflect on the season and keep our focus on the Lord. Christmas can bring with it a lot of stress and the antidote to stress is quiet prayer.
God bless you all,
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