December 7, 2022

The season of Advent is upon us – a time of waiting, a time of anticipation. We look forward to celebrating one of the central mysteries of our faith, the Incarnation, again. We seek to appreciate anew the fact that God so loved the world that God sent the Eternal Word, his own Son, into our midst, sharing our humanity, to prove to us the depth of his love for us.

Mary is offered to us as a model for our Advent reflection. She accepts the invitation of the angel to bear the Son of God, then hurries to assist her elderly cousin Elizabeth who is also with child. Sometime after her return to Nazareth, she and Joseph journey to Bethlehem. There, in a stable, she births her son. One can only imagine what was on Mary’s mind these days of anticipation of that birth.

We “need” to get our Christmas cards out; We have our homes to decorate (inside and outside); there are parties we “must” attend and then there are the shopping trips to make sure that we have just the right presents for family members and friends. Far too often, we are pulled into frenetic activity during this season. In the end, we are exhausted.

Through this activity, we can lose that sense of anticipation of this incredible feast of God’s love. The readings of the Masses of Advent call us to focus on God’s love for us.

Those who hope in the Lord will regain their strength. Come to me all you who are laden and overburdened, and I will give you rest.

Let us be nourished during this Season of Advent – in our prayerful reflection and Eucharistic celebrations – to indeed, like Mary, look forward with awe and wonder to the birth of the Savior.

Let Us Pray:

God, our beloved Creator, your Church sets aside the four weeks of Advent to allow us to focus more intensely on your great gift of our Savior. You sent him that we might have abundant life. Give us the grace that we, like Mary, might more efficaciously spend this time in prayer and service to our sisters and brothers so that our joy at Christmas might be complete. Amen.


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About Patrick Riley

Patrick is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the former Book Review Editor for Emmanuel Magazine.