Sunday, November 29, 2009
Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. ~ Psalm 25:4
For the next four weeks we are a Church in waiting… and the signs of Christmas are everywhere.
For me, Advent is a gift–a time to prepare to welcome God as the Child, and as one of us in our hearts and lives. Will you join me? Let’s start with prayer–for one another, for our missioners, and for those they serve throughout the world.
We can also practice our Advent traditions, something that’s especially wonderful to do with children. When I was growing up, I loved having an Advent Calendar and an Advent Wreath. Each of these rituals made me feel a little closer to the spirit of Christmas.
And, we can celebrate Advent the way John the Baptist did, through the practice of humility. “Prepare ye the way of the Lord,” he proclaimed. This is our time to open our hearts and to be filled with His grace and peace. During each day of Advent, I will ask God to bless your journey to Bethlehem. May it renew you in spirit!
Ashleigh, I hope this reflection brings you closer to the beauty of Advent and the Nativity. In a quiet corner of your heart, make room for the Child, Our Lord and Savior. Christmas is almost here.
Father Edward Dougherty, M.M.