Let us Pray: O God, open our hearts to prepare the way for the coming of Christ. Guide us in your ways of compassion so that we may extend your love and mercy to all people. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.
Advent is meant to be a fairly subdued liturgical season to aid us in reflection as we wait for the coming of Christ, which comes to its climax at Christmas when we celebrate the long-awaited birth of the Messiah. The season of Advent is to refocus us and remind us that Christ has changed the world. We have struggled in the darkness while awaiting to see the light of Christ, our coming King. Hopefully the observances of this season have renewed us, and we have become an example of patience, silence, and joy to our hurried and anxious society. During Advent we are called to find opportunities to become more aware of how God touches our lives each day so that we can be a sign of His love in the world. Although it may be tempting to ignore Advent and focus on Christmas, there is significance to looking past the excitement of the gifts, to the actual meaning of this time of the liturgical year. It can be hard to notice the coming of God’s light amongst the glare of commercialism, but Advent reminds us to tone down the frantic pace of the holiday season and make room in our lives for the coming of God in the flesh and the reign of peace which He brings. As we conclude our Advent journey, we became aware that each candle that we have lit on the Advent wreath begins to provide light in the darkness just as Our Lord provides light to a dark world. Jesus is the light of the world. These four weeks of Advent have been leading up to this, the birth of the one who brings Hope, Peace Joy and Love to the world. These four weeks are a new beginning, like a new year, it can be a fresh start, a new challenge. For unto us a child is born, not born to the privileged few but born for everyone, the poor, the forgotten, the hungry and destitute. As we approach Christmas let us remember, Christmas is not just a one-day event, we need to have the spirit of Christmas all year. Let us go forth into the world of HOPE, PEACE, JOY, AND LOVE and share with others the wonderful gift given to us. The Birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Peace be with you this Christmas season and throughout the entire year.