1st Sun of Advent - Prepare for Him
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
The new Church Year has begun, and at the beginning of the Church Year we begin to prepare for Christmas. Advent is the season to begin preparing for Jesus' arrival. The Catechism clearly states:
"When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second coming. By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to His desire. "He must increase, but I must decrease." (524)Since this is the beginning of the Church year, what better way to begin than to look forward to His arrival, His birth. But we must remember this season of Advent is not actual part of the Christmas season itself, it's the time we prepare for the Christmas season. The Christmas season itself actually begins on Christmas Day. It is in the season of Advent that Jesus gives us hope and strength in God's promise to His arrival.
Jesus not only promises us Heaven, and eternal life with Him; He also promises us peace and everlasting joy. The world has no hope in God, instead the world is plagued with fear, and so much uncertainty. We must not live a life that is bogged down and over loaded with "things", and such a level of busyness that we have no time to prepare our lives for our Savior.It is so easy for us to get ourselves lost in "activity", activities that have nothing to do with the reality of life and the true Seeking of God in our lives that we must be doing. I have been there, and I refuse to ever go back.
Think of it this way, "How can we prepare for the arrival of someone so special when all we're doing is everything possible that has nothing to do with Him." Jesus' first and second coming should give us the strength and desire to avoid sin, stop wasteful busyness, and want and desire only Him. I pray that we all find that certain special desire within our hearts to seek Him out with every fiber of our being all our lives. The joy your life will be filled with will be endlessly overflowing. Trust me, I know what it's like having that overflowing joy and excitement non-stop for Him in my life.
May your life be all about seeking out Jesus, and desiring only Him.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO