Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Season of Preparation

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Our Savior.  He comes to be born anew by His grace and love in the hearts of all men, but alas, few recognize in Him their Divine Redeemer, or love Him as their God-made man.  During this season let us give witness to how God reigns in our lives and in the world.  Let us make this journey to Bethlehem with Mary, and ask her to show us more fully, “the fruit of her womb, Jesus!”  As we hear the gospels reflect those tremendous moments of our salvation at each Sacrifice of the Mass, let us devote ourselves to bringing the joy of the Savior's birth to others, through our smiles, wishes of a “Merry Christmas” and those hidden acts of charity for the poor and unfortunate.

First Week of Advent
Let us recall the longings of the Patriarchs and Prophets, the holy souls of those four thousand years before the coming of the Messiah.  With what intense yearning they desired but a glimpse of that blessed Light of the World, Who now gives Himself daily to us in the Eucharist.  In praying the Liturgy of the Hours, we read a passage from St. Charles Borromeo that shed light on this intense longing of the people of God, and how we can today experience this in our lives:

“...Each year, as the Church recalls this mystery, she urges us to renew the memory of the great love God has shown us.  This holy season teaches us that Christ's coming was not only for the benefit of his contemporaries; his power has still to be communicated to us all.  We shall share his power, if, through holy faith and the sacraments, we willingly accept the grace Christ earned for us, and live by that grace and in obedience to Christ.”
“The Church asks us to understand that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again.  When we remove all obstacles to his presence he will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts, bringing with him the riches of his grace.”

Proclaim the good news, let it be heard....Our God and Savior is coming.

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