From Fr. Joseph:
Reflection on the First Week of Advent
Brothers and Sisters,
The following reflection is taken from Casey Sprehe:
dvent is a time of waiting, of longing, of truly begging, Come Lord Jesus. Those who genuinely wait upon the Lord will not be disappointed. The universal church wouldn’t celebrate this Advent time with such solemnity of devotion did it not contain within it some great mystery. The intentionality with which we observe Advent is directly related to how Christ-centered our Christmas is.
However, we can’t expect to turn on the sacred switch of holiness on Christmas Eve. The consumerism mentality has already won if we wait until then. It is an active battle that we must fight against throughout Advent.
They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. (Isaiah 40:31) Waiting and trusting in God’s plan is very difficult for us. Why is waiting so hard? We live in an instant gratification society. We want what we want when we want it, believers included.
During Advent, we are encouraged to wait upon the Lord. The Israelites were awaiting the Messiah, the Anointed One of Israel who would save his people. As a New Testament people, our needs aren’t any different, we are just on the other side of history. The Messiah has come. Every Advent we are asking him to come and save the people. I am waiting for the joy, hope and mercy which only the Messiah can bring to be more fully alive in my heart.
JOY is Someone. Presents can’t buy joy. They buy momentary happiness.
HOPE is Someone. Isaiah 9 says there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. Mary delivered hope incarnate to the world.
LOVE is Someone. In a time like this, we need His mercy more than ever.
This advent may we long for the joy, hope and mercy that only a life in Christ can bring.