As we enter the second week in Advent, we look at where the season is leading us. For many, it is just another month, days in which we accomplish the same things we accomplish any other day. We may make plans for a weekend getaway, looking toward Christmas day and what we will eat and who we will invite, or where we might travel during the Holidays!
Sometimes, this time of year just becomes a time of hassle, a time that we stress out over decorating the house, a time we get anxious about all the Christmas gifts we have to buy, a time we worry about what we have to cook and how many people will be coming over. The list can go on and on and on.
Advent (meaning “coming” in Latin) is meant to make us aware that we are not immortal simply by being born. Through our baptisms we are called to be more than ourselves, and as we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord we see beyond the business of the season. We see that looking back at the things we have neglected or fallen short in, those things that have led us to sin, are just holding us back from being the person God has created us to be. Those sins that don’t allow us to be the people we were intended to be because we keep pushing ourselves farther and farther away from God, and it doesn’t allow us to be the loving, generous, caring person God created each of us to be.
As we continue through this Blessed Advent Season, may we see each candle lit in the Advent wreath as time passing away, drawing us closer to the day we will meet our Savior and King, closer to that end of time where we will be held accountable for what we did here on this earth. Are we ready? Is there room for improvement? If the answer is yes, make a plan to unite to our Lord; through prayer, in adoration, at daily Mass, in reconciliation, through meditative literature, through the people we encounter, through the person we have been putting off to go see, through being the best person possible, the Holy person God created.
May this Advent bring you in closer relationship with our Lord and Savior!