Advent, from Latin Adventus, means coming. During the four weeks before Christmas we look forward to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ as king and judge at the end of time and to our Christmas celebration of his coming as our Saviour more than 2,000 years ago.

A Time of Preparation

The Advent season is filled with preparation and expectation. Everyone is getting ready for Christmas — shopping and decorating, baking and cleaning

Too often, however, we are so busy with the material preparations that we lose sight of the real reason for our activity: the Word made flesh coming to dwell among us.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season, let us strive to keep Advent a season of waiting and longing, of conversion and hope, meditating often on the incredible love and humility of Joseph and Mary as they awaited the birth of the Son of God, Jesus.

When we come together in our families, let us remember in our prayers the homeless, refugees, immigrants and those who are burdened and anxious. In our shopping and baking, let us remember to purchase and prepare something for the poor. When we clean our homes, let us distribute some of our possessions to those who lack many necessities. While we are decking the halls of our homes, let us not forget to prepare a peaceful place in our hearts wherein our Saviour may come to dwell.

Prayer for Advent

Lord Jesus, our brother and our Saviour, come into our hearts with your love, with your joy, your hope, and your peace. Help us to reflect your love for all by loving and serving all we meet. Lord Jesus, come into our lives, and share your gifts with all people. Blessed are you, Lord Jesus, forever and ever. Amen!