People often ask priests about the real purpose of Advent. Perhaps, you too, have asked –What is Advent? The quick answer is: Advent is a time of preparation and joyful expectation to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also a time to renew our hope as we wait for the second coming of our Lord.
Advent Traditions prepare us to celebrate the anniversary of our Lord's first coming into this world. I welcome you to put aside a few minutes of each day during the next three weeks to reflect on how the Son of God assumed our flesh and dwelt in our midst to save us.
Many people agree that being patient is easier said than done, especially these days. There is too much to do, and not enough time to do it all. However, I encourage you to view Advent as a good time to learn patience.
Think about it, Advent is a time for waiting, and waiting might very well be how God teaches us patience. When a person waits patiently with an open heart, they usually recognize the many blessings they have received.
If you take time to be still, and quietly listen to the Lord's message this Advent season, you will recognize what God has provided you. Give yourself the opportunity to recognize God's presence in your life.