This weekend we enter into our Advent Season and the Gospel reading reminds us to “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come”. When I was young, I was very close to my dad and one night, when I was in my teens, he died very suddenly, making this scriptural passage particularly real for me.
Even today, none of us know for sure whether we will see another Christmas, so let’s do this one in style!!! Let’s march into Advent, determined to keep our eyes on the real meaning for the Advent Season – to make our hearts and homes a place worthy to receive the coming King. Maybe there are things we can do as an individual, or as a family, for someone else during these coming weeks e.g. make a meal, send an encouragement note, voice some words of affirmation, or spend time with someone you know could do with some company.
While the Advent and Christmas seasons have lost a good amount of their meaning in our current culture, the fact remains, that they originated and remain times of preparation and celebration of Jesus’ birth. So, it is up to us to keep Jesus as the reason for the season – both in our own lives, and where we can, to help others understand the reason for the season. This candle of faith is only held by us for a very short time in history, and it is our responsibility to keep the flame alight. This is OUR time, and Advent and Christmas are seasons that can offer us opportunities to share why this season is important for us. I will be praying that God will open for us opportunities and give us the courage to share why Christmas is more than presents and family get-togethers. The awkwardness we might feel in communicating this is worth experiencing when we remember that we ‘don’t know the time or the hour’. “Because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” (2Cor 4:18)
Parish Pastoral Worker