Sunday marked the beginning of the new liturgical year. May the year of grace 2012 bring health and goodness to you all.
It doesn't feel like Advent yet. I don't know why. Perhaps because it is still warm enough in the afternoon that I don't need a jacket. I saw on the news that there was snow in Michigan the other day...
Advent is a great season, but perhaps the most forgotten and under utilized. I think because we are so busy running around doing so many things. I encourage you (and me) to take some extra time this advent to truly prepare for the coming of the Lord. The proximate preparation for Christmas liturgically isn't until Dec. 17. Before then the advent liturgies focus on our preparation for the second coming of Jesus Christ. The collect for Mass on Sunday made this same point:
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,
the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ
with righteous deeds at his coming,
so that, gathered at his right hand,
they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy
one God, for ever and ever.
What a beautiful image for us today: running forth to meet Christ. So much of modern day advent is characterized by running here and there making preparations for the holidays. This is not all bad, yet we ought to stay focused on He to whom we should be running towards.
Just a few thoughts on advent...