Advent Begins

Date: 
Sat, 2015-11-28 00:01 - 23:59

So what is the season of Advent all about? In anticipation of the great Feast of Christmas – the celebration of the Birth of Jesus, the coming of the savior, the Church helps us prepare through the season of Advent. The word “Advent” is from the Latin adventus means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. It is the advent of Christ we are waiting for.

In the Mass readings from Scripture, Advent can be divided into two sections. The first emphasizes the coming of Christ in the final judgment and on our preparation as we ‘wait in joyful hope.’ This connects it to the final weeks of Ordinary time that we are just finishing. The second half of Advent (leading right to the morning of December 24) directs us towards the coming of the Son of God among us as one of us – Emmanuel. Truly God and truly human, Jesus has come in love to save us, to make us the people of God, and through us to continue his work of praising the Father and offering his gift of salvation.

Advent is an opportunity for us to focus on an attitude that is essential to the Christian life – expectancy. In Advent we set our sights and our hearts on God’s Promise to ‘be with us’. We reflect on the significance of that promise, and we long for the fullness of its coming and its full realization in our world. Advent is a gift to us in that we yearn for the time when God’s love will be seen in all of us, when peace will come through acts of justice and the love we have for one another. In advent we ready our hearts for the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and we wait for his coming again. We wait for the light which will extinguish all darkness. 


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