Advent 2013: A Season of Hope!

Advent

Tomor­row will begin the third of the four weeks of the sea­son of Advent, in which we pre­pare our­selves in a spe­cial way for the com­ing of Jesus.  The word Advent means ‘coming.’

Firstly, we pre­pare our­selves to cel­e­brate Christ­mas, the his­tor­i­cal birth of Jesus Christ, His first com­ing into the world. The angel Gabriel told the poor shep­herds who were nearby when Jesus was born, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Sav­ior, who is Christ the Lord. “(Luke 2:11) The Mass read­ings dur­ing Advent remind us how the peo­ple of the Old Tes­ta­ment waited in hope­ful expec­ta­tion for the com­ing of the Messiah.

Sec­ondly, in addi­tion to cel­e­brat­ing the his­tor­i­cal event of Jesus’ birth, the most impor­tant event in all human his­tory, we pre­pare our­selves spir­i­tu­ally to receive Him and His grace in a spe­cial way at Christ­mas. This way, our hearts and souls can become spir­i­tual mangers ready to receive the Child Jesus.

Thirdly, we call to mind, with a joy­ful hope, the fact that Jesus will come again-His Sec­ond and Final com­ing. The Mass read­ings dur­ing Advent also remind us of Jesus’ sec­ond com­ing and the need to be pre­pared at all times to receive Him with joy at His Sec­ond Com­ing, when He comes in the clouds of heaven with great power and glory to sep­a­rate the wicked from the good.

Behold I am com­ing soon! My reward is with me and I will give to every­one accord­ing to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Begin­ning and the End.”(Revelation 22:12–13)

Let the sea resound, and every­thing in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
8Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the moun­tains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in right­eous­ness
    and the peo­ples with equity.” (Psalm 98:7–9)

How can we pre­pare our­selves dur­ing Advent?

We can pre­pare our­selves this Advent by amend­ing our lives. Let us resolve to make Christ the cen­ter of our lives through prayer (i.e. the Holy Rosary), fre­quent par­tic­i­pa­tion at Holy Mass and Holy Com­mu­nion, and fre­quent use of the Sacra­ments (i.e. Con­fes­sion) in order to purify our­selves so that we may be ready to receive Him at Christ­mas and always.

Have A Blessed and Joy­ous Advent!

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